The H2020- funded project aims to implement an interoperable and scalable energy management system to smart up buildings and their legacy equipment on large scale.
Collective Intelligence for Energy Flexibility (“COLLECTiEF”) project, in which The Cyprus Institute is participating in its Consortium, officially launched on Tuesday, 1st of June 2021, with virtual kick-off meetings taking place on the 7th and 8th of June 2021. The project will run for 4 years and will be implemented by a Consortium of 14 partners from 6 European countries, coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Enhancing the energy flexibility on both supply and demand sides can boost the movement towards sustainable and resilient urban energy solutions, especially in high-energy dense and heterogeneous urban areas. Moreover, malfunctioning of buildings and energy systems caused by increasingly frequent extreme climate events will likely affect two-thirds of the European population by 2100. There is, thus, an urgent need to review existing buildings’ energy strategies to make them more sustainable and climate resilient.
To respond to these needs, the “COLLECTiEF” Consortium will enhance, implement, test, and evaluate an interoperable and scalable energy management system based on Collective Intelligence (CI) that will be integrated into existing buildings and urban energy systems aiming to reduce installation cost, data transfer and computational power while increasing data security, energy flexibility and climate resilience.
Over the course of 4 years, the “COLLECTiEF” system will be installed in 4 pilot sites (France, Italy, Norway, Cyprus), with a total of 13 buildings and one living laboratory representing 40% of different building archetypes in Europe with different uses, scales, markets, and climatic contexts to demonstrate replicability and scalability of the solution.
Amin Moazami, Project Coordinator of “COLLECTiEF” highlighted that “collective Intelligence is when intelligent entities are connected, so that collectively they act more intelligent than any individual entity. This is how the Consortium is going to work and this is the core of the technology that is going to be tested in the pilot buildings of COLLECTiEF”.
In particular, the “COLLECTiEF” project aims to achieve the enhancement and adaptation of algorithms for creating a CI-based energy flexible network and to realise its cost-effective system components with easy deployment and maintenance, to demonstrate and test of a CI-based energy network in the real environment, to test and implement a scalable and customizable occupant-centric fusion sensor network for accurate and non-invasive environmental monitoring, to design and implement of a smart, user-centric and user-friendly digital platform for interacting with users and controlling technical building systems, and to develop of new business models for energy services, including a clear model for commercialization of the “COLLECTiEF” system. “COLLECTiEF” project brings together innovative SMEs, academic institutions, building owners, and energy providers.
By improving energy performance in buildings, the “COLLECTiEF” project is contributing to the energy and climate goals set by the Paris Agreement and the “Clean Energy for all European” package, including the Communication “Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation” (COM (2016) 736) and the SET-Plan priorities.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
Lund University (Sweden)
The Cyprus Institute (Cyprus)
R2M Solution SRL (Italy)
EM Systemer AS (Norway)
NODA Intelligent Systems AB (Sweden)
Geonardo Environmental Technologies Ltd. (Hungary)
Scientific and Technical Center for Building (France)
Technologies Design and Materials European Research Centre (Italy)
LSI Lastem (Italy)
Ålesund Municipality (Norway)
Teicos UE SRL (Italy)
Virtual Manufacturing AB (Sweden)
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101033683.