Innovation, Technology & Usage
SUNSHINE – "Smart UrbaN ServIces for Higher eNergy Efficiency" delivers innovative digital services by piloting the following three Smart Services:
- Energy assessment of buildings at urban scale for the creation of "energy maps" and their energy pre-certification
SUNSHINE aims at achieving control and real-time situational awareness of consumption data for managed facilities, corroborated with "current" meter data and weather context in order to provide management personnel and key stakeholders a functional toolkit for performance improvement. The definition of a service that can provide assessment of energy behavior for building from existing information will also provide a first operational solution to the EBPD Directive. Similarly, the operational definition of the concept of "reference building" through a standardized protocol specifically engineered for urban information models in certainly of significant innovative value. A further innovation is the possibility to define pre-certification of buildings. This information could be then use to create online catalogue
- Heating/cooling forecast and alerts
The Scenario integrates building characteristics with weather and meter data to gain better understanding of the energy consumption baseline for each building and to monitor actual performance determined by management and usage behaviors. The approach proposed leverages on ICT technology to facilitate behavioral changes through improved awareness of building managers and dwellers. The ability to overlay actual consumption with the weather context will make building managers not only identify the most urgent maintenance activities but also to operate aging appliances in a more efficient way, introducing energy savings, especially important for example for telecom operators.
Another key point is the ease of use of the system and project itself, which can be immediately scaled to cover whole territories, with significant benefits in terms of energy loss. Pre-existing web-GIS information at urban scale allows cost-neutral extension of the pilot to operate at city level, beyond a limited building set. The scenario could yield significant business opportunities for companies exploiting this service, addressing a potentially large market of home users.
- Optimization of power consumption of public lighting systems
The Scenario assists pilots to optimize public illumination according to real (variable) requirements and from a user-friendly centralized PoA, based on extended use of interoperable standards, which will allow integration of all illumination units with the wide ecosystem of sensors available within the pilot area, remote controllable and assessable. The use of SAS and SES allows configuration of custom alerts which can be dispatched to operators in case of particular conditions, extending beyond the public lighting system (ie. for weather-induced poor visibility and potentially dangerous situations requiring lighting adjustments). The novelty of the system consists in allowing integrated geospatial access and control of the illumination systems through interoperable web-based services, something that different vendors to date do not offer.
Furthermore, SUNSHINE will deliver an interoperable Toolkit by leveraging on the following existing technologies:
- The server-side technology for spatio-temporal processing of geographical data and management of sensor data through interoperable standards, which has been developed in the context of the ICT-PSP project BRISEIDE. The technology will be extended to support interoperable definition of alert mechanisms based on SAS (Sensor Alert Service) standard.
- The CityGML compatible 3D client which is being developed in the context of the ICT-PSP project i-SCOPE. This will be extended to support the CityGML Application Domain Extension (ADE) for energy performances of buildings that will be delivered by SUNSHINE.
- An application for desktops and mobile devices (App) for surveying of public illumination systems which has been commissioned by GL to GRAPHITECH within a project promoted by the Energy Agency of Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy. This will be extended to allow remote control of remote power systems via interoperable standards from Open Geospatial Consortium.