The KnoHolEM project will develop a system for the efficient energy management of buildingsLleida, 5/22/2012

• The European R&D project KnoHolEM will develop a system for monitoring and controlling the energy consumption of the buildings. The impact of the project could mean a 30% energy saving in buildings.

• The Lleida's BDigital Office is one of the participants of the project and has a budget of EUR 4.5 million.

The high percentage of gas emissions to the atmosphere (about 36%) and energy consumption (about 40%) is one of the main concerns of the European Commission, which proposed to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and to increase a 20% the renewable energies.

According with these challenges, the KnoHolEM project will create an ICT tool for energy smart management that could reduce its consumption in buildings, avoiding the waste of energy, and optimizing its management. Therefore, it is a smart system with the characteristic of adaptability and flexibility to any property. The Media-TIC building in Barcelona, where BDigital’s headquarters are located, is one of the buildings where the project will be implemented. The project could mean a 30% of energy saving.

Funded by the European Commission, the project is set to three years and has a budget of EUR 4.5 million.

The solution is adaptable to any scenario through a virtualization system, which will make possible to simulate the energy consumption of the building, "understand" the energy usage patterns of their occupants, view the building devices information at real time, and simulate the user interaction with its environment to predict the effects of the energy changes, assess its impact at the local level and assess the influence of the user's actions. The tool will use the knowledge as a way to create a decision-making system and to manage the energy of the building, allowing the interoperability between heterogeneous systems and optimizing the energy processes.

The Project is coordinated by Building Research Establishment (UK) and its consortium include: BDigital (Spain), Institute for information Management in Engineering, Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) (Germany); Knowledge and Data Engineering Group, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland); Centro Di Progettazione, Design & Tecnologie Dei Materiales (Italy); Institute for Sustainable Engineering, Cardiff University, (UK); Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH (Germany); Isotrol (Spain); Stichting Smart Hombres (Netherlands); Woningstichting de Zaligheden (Netherlands); Haagse Hogeschool (Netherlands); Matrix Spa (Italy); and Tera SRL (Italy)