European project OptEEmAL

Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform for Refurbishment at District Level

OptEEmAL will develop an Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform able to provide a set of solutions that are based on different energy conservation measures to improve the energy behaviour of a district. The tool will reduce time delivery and uncertainties and result in improved solutions when compared to business-as-usual practices. Under the coordination of Fundación CARTIF, 13 partners from 8 countries are working on delivering an optimised, integrated and systemic design based on an Integrated Project Delivery approach for building and district retrofitting projects.

This main objective will be achieved through a mix of development and testing activities, including:

  1. Developing a holistic and effective services platform for District Energy Efficient Retrofitting Design, which integrates interoperable modules and tools that are able to provide services for diagnosis and generate and optimise scenarios (according to stakeholders priorities) on energy | cost | environment | social evaluation for data export.
  2. Reinforcing the commitment of all involved stakeholders through an Integrated Project Delivery approach that allows them to articulate their needs through a collaborative and value-based process to deliver high-quality outcomes.
  3. Creating an integrated ontology-based District Data Model that will contain key information in the fields of energy, comfort, environment, economic, social wellbeing and urban morphology.
  4. Cataloguing Energy Conservation Measures including technical, operational, maintenance and cost information providing valuable and consistent outputs to the design and district operation and maintenance stages.
  5. Developing a bio-inspired optimisation module based on evolutionary computing with the aim of automating the decision making process to obtain the optimal design for an energy efficient retrofitting plan at district level.
  6. Externally connecting the OptEEmAL Platform to relevant entities (i.e. existing tools enabling the calculation of indicators to generate and optimise the retrofitting scenarios), and
  7. Strategic dissemination, training, exploitation and market deployment of the project’s developments and results.

In order to validate the OptEEmAL platform, two steps are required: First, the deployment of the platform prototype by existing innovative EU-wide initiatives at district level in order to test performance under different conditions. In an ambitious final stage for the validation procedure, OptEEmAL will carry out several demo cases. Three different stakeholders in charge of designing retrofitting projects at district level are essential to become testbeds for validation: A municipality, a private consortium of technical offices and a municipal company. Each will head the demonstration of the performance, usefulness and user-friendliness of the tool for developing Integrated District Energy Efficient Retrofitting Plans in real environments. The demo cases comprise the districts of San Bartolameo, Trento (Italy), Txomin Enea, San Sebastián (Spain) and Polhem Area, Lund (Sweden).

SEZ is project partner for innovation measures accompanying the project partners in reaching the research and innovation targets of the project:

  • Supporting the process of transferring RTDI actions into marketable applications
  • Communication & dissemination of RTDI results for exploitation

Project duration: 09/2015 – 02/2019
Countries: France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Turkey

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