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Smart energy networks
– Research focuses on developing ICT-
centred solutions for co-ordinating the supply and demand in
environmentally sustainable energy networks – including
electricity, gas, and district heating and cooling – with storage, e.g.
geothermal storage. Specific focus is on the development of
intelligent energy management systems for co-ordination of
demand with supply and storage at the intersection points of both
production and consumption.
Societal relevance and commercial impact
RDI activities at the CFEI seek a close link to the business
ecosystems that they are part of. Maintaining a close link between
the development of smart energy solutions and their business
ecosystems ensures that the developed products and services will
have societal relevance and commercial impact. In the context of
these business ecosystems, the CFEI works closely together with
end users, utilities, technology companies, public authorities,
policy makers and government agencies.
Addressing the global market
The centre takes a global perspective on research, development
and innovation of smart energy solutions as the national Danish
market is too small to cover the development expenses of these
solutions by itself. However, when addressing the global market, it
is necessary to understand the factors that influence the
development of publicly acceptable, economically feasible and
practical, applicable smart energy solutions. Public acceptance of
smart energy solutions depends on cultural and political values,
economic feasibility is dictated by market and political framework
conditions, and practical applicability depends on the state of the
infrastructure and end users’ readiness to change their behaviours
and habits. As these influential factors may differ from country to
country, it is important to understand their impact on the design
of smart energy solutions, which can be customised to meet the
needs of different export markets. To develop the necessary
understanding of the impact of influential factors, the centre’s
researchers investigate the commonality and variability between
the business ecosystems in the different international markets.
International outreach beyond the EU
The CFEI has a strong focus on international collaboration. The
centre’s international network includes universities, research
institutions, industry partners, public authorities and government
agencies in the USA, Brazil, India, China, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan
and Japan. This network plays an essential role in the exchange of
ideas and the development of joint research projects.
The CFEI continuously seeks to strengthen its international
collaboration within its four RDI areas by actively participating in
international networks and projects. The centre currently
contributes to the International Energy Agency’s Energy in
Buildings and Communities programme (Annex 60, Annex 66
and Annex 67).
Smart building living lab
The CFEI has two smart building living labs located on the main
campus of the University of Southern Denmark. The living labs
serve as laboratories for investigating the use of ICT to improve the
energy efficiency of buildings and potentially advance them
beyond the energy performance requirements of their original
designs. The first living lab is the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller
building from 1998. This building has an area of 2,554m
on two
floors with a capacity of 210 occupants. It was constructed
according to the Danish building directive of 1995, which requires
an energy performance of 95kWh/m
per year. The second living
lab, OU44, is a new, highly energy efficient office and lab building
built according to the 2010 Danish building directive – low energy
class 2015 – which requires an energy performance of
per year. In comparison, the average energy
performance in Denmark is around 170kWh/m
per year. OU44
has an area of 8,000m
over three floors and a capacity of 1,350
occupants. Both buildings are equipped with building
management systems and fine-grained sensing and metering at
zone and building equipment level.
What do we offer to our collaboration partners?
The CFEI is an internationally oriented centre with strong
competences in energy informatics. It has a large European and
global network that it wishes to develop further through joint
research projects and exchange of PhD students. In particular, the
CFEI seeks partners that have comparable activities within the
areas of smart buildings and energy networks.
Professor Dr Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen
Center for Energy Informatics
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute
Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark
tel :
+45 65503545
H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
S O C I E TA L C H A L L E N G E S : E N E R G Y
Fig. 2 Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller building
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