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Livestream Part 2: The future of energy management - digital twins for sustainable solutions

Modern, decentralized energy systems are a highly complex matter. Planning them optimally and cost-efficiently is a major challenge for energy planners. How can energy flows be orchestrated at the district level so that energy is available exactly where - and when - it is needed across seasons?

Moreover, how can entire cities be planned to support energy efficiency? Empa researchers are investigating these questions and researching on digital solutions. This second part of our live stream focuses on projects at district and city levels and presents how energy management can be optimized with the help of digital technologies.

  • Sympheny, an Empa spin-off, has developed software that helps planners to "compose" the appropriate energy concept for a building, a district or even an entire city. The software is based on a combination of digital twin technology and intelligent algorithms.
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  • Cooling Singapore is a multidisciplinary research project dedicated to find solutions to the urban heat challenge in Singapore. As a result of the project, a Digital Urban Climate Twin (DUCT), is expected to support decision-making by prioritizing strategies through environmental, economic and social performance scores.
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Josien de Koning, Sympheny Kristina Orehounig, Empa Michael Hagmann, Empa (Moderator)

 


Livestream Part I: The future of energy management - predictive heating controllers and smart juggling of energy flows

Either too hot or too cold: Maintaining the perfect desired temperature in buildings is a challenge.

Conventional heating controls usually react only when it is too late, and then all the more aggressively. For example, a room continues to be heated during the day despite strong sunlight, or a drop in temperature at night is compensated for too slowly. This costs energy and ultimately, money. In view of the current energy crisis, many questions arise: How can heating or cooling be done as efficiently and sustainably as possible? How can renewable energy sources and efficient storage technologies be seamlessly integrated into our energy system, and how can we achieve dynamic interaction between a wide range of technologies, which is ultimately crucial for a sustainable energy future?

Empa researchers are exploring these questions and researching on digital solutions. This first part of our live stream presents two projects at the building and district levels, showing how digital technologies can be used to optimize energy management.

  • viboo, an Empa spin-off, has developed a self-learning algorithm that regulates the indoor climate in a predictive manner. This allows buildings to be cooled or heated more efficiently, saving up to a third of energy.
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  • ehub, Empa's energy demonstrator, combines a variety of technologies for generating, converting, transporting and storing energy with the goal of optimizing energy management from the component to the district level.
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Felix Bünning, viboo Philipp Heer, Empa Michael Hagmann, Empa (Moderator)