Sustainable Urban Development enabled by Efficient Energy Management-Systems

Published: Thu, 2012/11/22
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EU-Project SmartCoDe organized a Special Day at the SEBUA 2012 Symposium

Hannover, 22.11.2012 – More than half of the overall world population is living in urban areas - with rising tendency. The permanently increasing urbanization can be driven to more sustainability by ecological concepts for mobility, energy-efficient buildings and intelligent energy supply. Intelligent energy supply had also been the main subject of the well-attended “Sustainable Energy in Buildings and Urban Areas” Symposium (SEBUA 2012) which took place in Kusadasi near Izmir/Turkey from October 14 – 20, 2012. The “SmartCoDe” project which is coordinated by edacentrum in the context of the 7th EU research framework programme had organized the 1st Special Day on “Energy-Efficient Buildings and Neighbourhoods” at SEBUA.

„SmartCoDe“ means „Smart Control of Demand for Consumption and Supply to enable balanced, energy-positive buildings and neighbourhoods“ and aims to offer energy- efficient management systems to the market for only little added cost. The purpose of intelligent energy management is to control various kinds of electrical devices at home in a smart and clever way while at the same time integrating local renewable energy resources.

At the core of the SmartCoDe concept is a highly-integrated chip, which can be integrated as a compact module in a wide variety of household appliances. In addition to data collection by the consumer the chip offers the possibility of an intelligent operation of the equipped appliances controlled by a centralized energy-management-system.
„The SmartCoDe project actually implements the interface between energy consumer and supplier”, Peter Neumann, SmartCoDe project coordinator and project manager at edacentrum explained. “The compact modules developed in the project enable us to monitor the energy consumption of households, to automatically schedule its consumption to off-peak hours and to reduce its overall consumption of energy”, he added.

At SEBUA it was well-received when SmartCoDe project partner Prof. Christoph Grimm from the Technical University of Kaiserlautern opened the Wednesday session with his keynote "Smart energy buildings and neighbourhoods: Which infrastructures and platforms to use?" emphasizing the importance of embedded systems for smart appliances and energy management.

The SEBUA symposium, which is hosted by the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT), aims to foster the interdisciplinary cooperation of the different scientific communities in the sector of sustainable energy production and –consumption. The participation of engineers and researchers from very different geographical regions (Algeria, Egypt, Germany, France, the Gambia, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Austria, Romania, Spain, South Korea, Czech Republic, Turkey) with  expert knowledge in a huge number of scientific areas like architecture, facility  management, biomass, construction engineering, reliable systems and software, energy management, ecological sciences as well as microelectronics, chip-design, cyber-physical systems and smart grids offered a unique opportunity of interdisciplinary discussions. In conclusion the symposium showed, that only the interconnection of such a variety of scientific expertise will enable us to master the upcoming challenges and may pave the path for a future sustainable energy generation and –consumption.

SmartCoDe book
To make up for the huge demand for knowledge on the topic the SmartCoDe project partner and associated partner have published a book at Springer Publishers (ISBN: 978-1-4419-8794-5 for print and 978-1-4419-8795-2 for the online version) which was release at the SEBUA symposium. The intention of the editors Christoph Grimm (Technical University of Kaiserslautern), Peter Neumann (edacentrum) und Stefan Mahlknecht (Technical University of Vienna) is to give a comprehensive overview to embedded systems for smart appliances and its role in energy management. The dedicated focus is the interdisciplinary interaction of various scientific research areas - topics are the smart grid, decentralised renewable energy generation, energy management in buildings, cyber-physical systems, the development of low-power microelectronic components, and others.

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About SmartCoDe:
The project SmartCoDe is being funded within the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Program (FP7). Its major aim is to balance and reduce the power usage of small buildings and neighbourhoods in order to pave the way for energetically neutral or even energetically positive local power grids. This STREP project (Specific Targeted Research Project) has been  planned for a duration of three years and started in January 2010. It receives funding from the programme “ICT-2009” in the area “ICT support to energy-positive buildings and neighbourhoods”. In total, there are eight partners from five European countries working together.

About edacentrum
edacentrum is an institution dedicated to promote electronic design automation (EDA) research and development funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research). It initiates, evaluates and supervises industry-driven R&D projects and offers a comprehensive spectrum of services on all matters concerning EDA, particularly project management of R&D projects. By encouraging EDA cluster research projects and EDA networks, it cross-leverages and reinforces the EDA expertise of universities and research institutes.

edacentrum provides a communication platform for the EDA community; it seeks to inform upper management, the public and the political arena about the central importance of design automation for solving complex system and semiconductor problems, especially those associated with nanoelectronics.