European project KnoholEM

Knowledge-based energy management for public buildings through holistic information modelling and 3D visualization

The objective of the project was to elaborate an intelligent energy management solution for energy efficient buildings and spaces of public use. The solution does considerably reduce energy consumption, both by systematically avoiding energy wasting in buildings and by knowledge-based holistic optimization of energy consumption. It will be applicable and configurable for a broadband of building types from any EU region.

The intelligent energy management solution is based on existing knowledge representation technologies like functional modeling and ontology, which are used in the context of smart buildings in combination with Building Automation Systems. It is enhanced by energy consumption behaviour simulation with realistic visualization assistance. Approaches previously developed by the project partners have been integrated into a holistic intelligent energy management solution.

The focus of the project was not on development, but on detailed analysis and validation. KnoholEM included five demonstration objects in Spain and the Netherlands that were used by the consortium of industry and research partners to develop, enhance and extensively test the solution. An overall knowledge base has been created through a detailed analysis of the structure of the demonstration object buildings and their energy consuming/producing devices, through the intelligent interlinking of building usage with its energy demand, as well as by various energy consumption behaviour simulations.

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum supported the project bidding process and was looking for partners to join the project. As a project partner it was responsible for the dissemination of the project results.

KnoholEM was co-financed by the European Commission within the scope of the 7th Framework Programme.

Project Duration: 09/2011 - 08/2014

Countries: Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain

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