Final Conference

Short Description

The SUNSHINE Consortium is happy to announce the final event of the project, to be held in the Bologna Urban Center (in the Auditorium Biagi Hall) on January 14th 2016!

Funded under the Information and EU Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme, the SUNSHINE Project – “Smart UrbaN Services for HIgher eNergy Efficiency” delivers innovative digital services, interoperable with existing geographic web-service infrastructures, supporting improved energy efficiency at the urban and building level.

In closure of the project, the SUNSHINE FINAL EVENT Conference aims at delivering the results of this 3-year innovative initiative, within a large international participation, as well as to promote and network with other EU Projects on Energy Efficiency.

The SUNSHINE end event will be organized as a two-fold experience.

Firstly, we would like to offer the citizens and all stakeholders interested in Energy Efficiency the opportunity to take part in the SUNSHINE Demos and experience first-hand the solutions for Energy Maps, Building Energy Awareness and Remote Control of Public Lighting. The Demos will take place in the Great Hall of the Bologna Urban Center, will be streamed live, will be open to everyone and will future a few hidden surprises!

Second, the Final Conference Session will be the core part of talking SUNSHINE and will gather the project partners as well as speakers, panellists and expert invitees from a wide array of institutions: representatives of fellow innovation projects, of the municipality, region and energy supply companies, pioneer companies, institutes and research groups in the area of energy efficiency, location, the IoT, Standards and EU Policies as well as Open Energy. The day-long meeting will provide the opportunity to present project achievements and innovative tools developed in the 3 years of project activities.

We believe that this event will not only be an appropriate opportunity to set up the basis for new partnerships to continue the efforts of the SUNSHINE project in the upcoming programming period, but also a means to support and transfer knowledge and lessons learned to stakeholders confronted with similar challenges in the Energy area.

If you are interested in taking part in a networking and learning event, or are involved in an innovative project on the theme Energy Efficiency, Location and Internet of Things, Standards and EU Policies, Open Energy, which you would like to share more of – we would be happy to have you participating!

What We Aim At


Our society continuously recognizes the need to increase the awareness on energy usage in the building sector in order to make it more sustainable. It does not refer only n addressing climate changes, but also to effectively manage scarce natural resources.

In terms of energy consumption, buildings represent about 40% of the whole final energy consumption (European Commission, 2010).
In the “buildings” sector, the energy is mainly consumed at the household level: in 2009 European households were responsible for 68% of the total energy used in buildings mainly for space heating (almost 70%), domestic hot water (14%), lighting and electrical appliances (13%) and cooking (4%). Therefore, systems and strategies to reduce this significant energy use can have a major impact worldwide. This calls for effective techniques and methods for modelling, simulation, analysis and control of energy use in built environments in urban settings such as:

    • Simulation and tools for building, urban and system-wide energy demand assessment;
    • Integration of renewable energy in the built environment;
    • Energy and building data collection analytics and data-driven energy management;
    • Monitoring and control of infrastructure for the distribution and use of energy;
    • Human behaviour and energy consumption in built environments and mechanisms to influence them;
    • Control and coordination for economical and efficient use of energy;
    • Energy auditing and apportionment;
    • Hardware, software, and network systems for energy analytics and decision control.

Information technology plays a key role in making the built environment around us more efficient. For example, data availability, algorithms and novel large-scale data analysis methods help us understand and model the complexities of built environment. Wired and particularly wireless sensor-actuator networks are key to enabling energy-saving systems in buildings by providing a reliable, cost-effective and extensible solutions that can be placed in existing as well as new structures and are, most importantly, networked. Finally, with the huge popularity of the smartphones and the proliferation of ubiquitous and inexpensive “Internet-of-Things” sensors, the built environment has the unprecedented opportunity to harness new contexts and tightly integrate monitoring, services and control with building occupants.

These findings can feed into the development of policies and best practices in the efficient building energy sector. The SUSNHINE final conference is a venue for these new and exciting directions.


1 Present final project results to an audience of international experts, coordinators of similar projects, cities and regions Educating the attendees about the methodology of the SUNSHINE project, including the three scenarios, the web platform and three mobile apps for:
    1) large scale building energy assessment;
      2) building energy awareness;
        3) remote control of lighting networks.

2 Facilitate sharing of perspectives and results as well as network with other ICT/Horizon/privately funded and developed EE solutions Speakers and experts will be invited to present initiatives in synergy with the SUNSHINE project, as well as to take part in the roundtable discussion/networking session centred on how to place results in perspective of the European policies currently being implemented, the markets and the needs of European cities.

3 Share lessons learned and experiences from a wide array of crucial future development topics: energy efficiency, standards and EU policies, perspectives of utilities and energy companies, the topic of Open Energy The conference aims at sharing the valuable lessons learned and extending an open invitation for cities and regions to become a part of the piloting group using benefits from the developed technology.

4 Discuss future perspectives: SUNSHINE after SUNSHINE, in the ample EU project climate, and determine common grounds, challenges and opportunities together with other EU project representatives and public actors Presentation and discussion of project expansion, creation of an EEIG, sustainability and potential future impact, as well as opportunities for new collaborations and new horizons in energy efficiency.


Tuesday, 14th January 2016
Auditorium Biagi Hall

09:30 - 10:30
Registration of participants, Auditorium Biagi Hall

10:00 - 10:30
Warm up
Opening Session
    • Welcome and keynote speeches (Municipality of Bologna, Urban Center of Bologna)
    • Introduction from the Project Coordinator, Mr. Raffaele de Amicis (Fondazione Graphitech)

10:30 - 11:20
The project
SUNSHINE - “Smart UrbaN Services for HIgher eNergy Efficiency”
    • Bringing innovation in Energy Efficiency: contributions to the research and pilot innovation climate in Europe
    • The pilots and the three Scenarios: What does SUNSHINE have to offer to cities and their inhabitants?
    • A look back, a look forward: Lessons learned and the future of SUNSHINE
    • Interactive Q&A session

11:20 - 11:35 Coffee break

11:35 - 12:30
Energy efficiency, Location and Internet of Things in the EU: common grounds, challenges and opportunities
Session dedicated to present the trends in Europe related to the research and innovation in the IT applied to energy efficiency, including perspectives coming from the utilities and energy companies.

12:30 - 13:30 Light Lunch - Salaborsa Cafe (within the Urban Center)

13:30 - 14:25
Standards and EU policies
Session dedicated to the presentation of the related standardization activities and the framework proposed by the EU to support the energy efficiency.

14:25 - 15:20
Open data
Open Energy
Session dedicated to the open data initiative and the energy efficiency sector.

15:20 - 15:35 Coffee break

15:35 - 16:15
Roundtable discussion and networking session: Joint capitalization of Energy Efficiency initiatives
Panel members: SUNSHINE Consortium (TBD), Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Bologna, ARPAE Environment and Energy Agency, representatives of ICT-PSP and Horizon projects)

Urban Center Great Hall

10:00 - 16:00
Public SUNSHINE Demo presentations


The conference is organized in partnership with the Bologna Urban Center, the host location for the SUNSHINE Conference.
The Urban Center Bologna is situated in Piazza del Nettuno 3, in the Sala Borsa of Bologna, Italy.
The SUNSHINE conference will be held in the Auditorium Biagi Hall.


Registrations are closed

Conference Committee

The event is organized by
Program chairman Technical committee Organization committee

Fondazione GraphiTech

Mr. Raffaele de Amicis

Fondazione GraphiTech

Mr. Federico Prandi


Mr. Pietro Elisei
Ms. Sabina Dimitriu

Trentino Network

Mr. Diego Taglioni


Mr. Piergiorgio Cipriano


Ms. Sabina Dimitriu

Fondazione GraphiTech

Ms. Ruzica Buksa Tezzele