REViSITE Workshop on “ICT for Energy Efficiency: Cross–sectoral Interoperability”

The REViSITE workshop entitled “ICT for Energy Efficiency: Cross–sectoral Interoperability” took place on the 9th March 2012 and was hosted by CSTB in Paris. The workshop focused on the development of cross-sectoral recommendations with respect to ICT4EE interoperability and standardisation.

Using the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) which has been recently developed by REViSITE as an input, attendees focused on identifying key ICT4EE trajectories and stakeholder specific interoperability and standardisation recommendations. The workshop welcomed experts from all the four main sectors which REViSITE is covering – grids, buildings, lighting and manufacturing. The agenda of the day was organised in two main sessions. The morning session was dedicated to the analysis of both the REViSITE Strategic Research Agenda and the corresponding Implementation Action Plan. After a quick overview of the REViSITE outcomes and methodology, the experts were engaged via dedicated ‘focus group’ and concise ‘expert group’ discussions, to give their views and comments on the research topics identified in our SRA and the corresponding actions required by various stakeholders. The afternoon session was focused on Standardisation and Interoperability. The proposals of REViSITE for areas where cross sectorial standards are needed were discussed and debated.

As a result of this session, 5 standardisation proposals has been identified which are listed below in terms of priorities:

• Extension of existing ontologies for energy efficiency

• Energy performance indicators (Metrics)

• Product catalogues that include energy dynamics

• Data exchange protocols

• Harmonisation and extension of the IEC Ontology

The workshop finalised the recommendations which we will provide to the European Commission for the implementation of the SRA. The working day ended positively and gave the consortium the chance to validate, and improve the developed Implementation Action Plan and the standardisation proposals.

REViSITE releases its initial Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)

The initial Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) developed by the REViSITE project on behalf of the European Commission shapes research priorities in the domain of ICT for Energy Efficiency for the forthcoming European Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The Strategic Research Agenda spans across several industry sectors including power grids, manufacturing, buildings and lighting. It is expected that the identified research topics will be relevant to other sectors as well. Although different sectors will invariably represent different maturity levels with respect to the technologies outlined, the aim of this SRA report is to produce a holistic cross-sectorial view. The SRA report includes six ‘roadmap’ tables based on the six main categories and 21 sub-categories of the REViSITE SMARTT taxonomy (http://www.revisite.eu).

The REViSITE initial SRA can be viewed and downloaded through this link: http://www.revisite.eu/docs/REViSITE_deliverable_D3.2_tech_report.pdf

Your views and comments are welcome using the editable feedback form at the end of the document.

Thank you

The REViSITE Consortium

REViSITE launches online questionnaire on its Strategic Research Agenda

The REViSITE project invites you to  shape a Strategic Research Agenda that will influence future EC Framework Programs and funding by taking the time to complete this online survey which should take approx 15 minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/REViSITE_SRA

Please note – while it is recognised that in many situations – economic, social and political issues or sector specific non-ICT technologies can offer great significance in terms of enabling energy efficiency, the focus here is on Information and Communication Technologies or ICT related Research in Technological Developments [RTDs] that have the potential to enable energy efficiency or reduce energy consumption in the above mentioned four sectors.

In responding, you will have the opportunity to indicate your level of expertise in each subject area. All results will be made public on the REViSITE website at www.revisite.eu

Thank you

The REViSITE Consortium

REViSITE and Commission Workshops at the CIB W78 Conference in Sophia Antipolos, October 2011

Three separate workshops were held at the CIB 2011 Conference in Sophia Antipolis to support the eeBDM efforts in terms of building community support and consensus for a universally acceptable eeBDM. One of these workshops, a REViSITE workshop was organised with some interrelated objectives to the Commission organized workshops. The workshops were:

1. A Commission workshop on current state of the art on Energy Efficient Buildings Data Models

2. A Commission workshop on next steps of eeBDM ontology engineering: Support the eeBDM workshop in terms of building community support and consensus for a universally acceptable eeBDM.

3. REViSITE workshop on Grid/Building interoperability: Examine the main interoperability touch-points between the built environment and energy grids.

The Building Data Model is regarded essential for advancements in Energy Efficiency in the built environment. The eeBDM and REViSITE workshops identified ontologies, methodologies and tools central to enabling a common BDM definition.

Current research indicates that technologies that are related to Semantic Web (Web 3.0) have best potential for this venture. Ontologies that are part of the European Smart Grid (e.g. mandate 490) projects could be helpful in the design process of an augmented eeBDM. The domain ontologies for the IEC reference framework are mature and may provide examples for the eeBDM development process. The smart grid ontology (the Common Information Model) has been standardised through the IEC 61970-301 document. This formalisation covers maintenance, scoping and versioning in ways that may also be suitable for eeBDM ontologies.

The semantics of the built environment and the grid are connected at a functional level as both domains are part of the same energy flows. In that respect the eeBDM ontology could benefit from smart grid semantics that cover energy efficiency measures. Ontology mappings may be required to effectively exchange information from the grid domain (infrastructure operators, energy market and such) to the built environment (developers, owners, occupants etc.). A mutual approach of grid and build experts would seem beneficial to both sides.

Although the theoretical basis that underpins them was defined some decades ago semantic web and ontology engineering is still in its infancy and there are some issues to address. For example lack of practical experiences with these technologies might make it difficult to assess the validity of publicly available ontologies on the web (sensor models for instance). Additional research is required in order to understand the stability and viability of ontology constructions for eeBDM applications, but the need, value and potential for impact is very much apparent.

For more details on the workshops and their findings please visit the workshops report in the REViSITE project website on the link below:

http://revisite.eu/docs/Report_REViSITE_workshop_CIB_Conf2011.pdf

For more information about REViSITE please visit www.revisite.eu

REViSITE on “Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing”

The REViSITE project participated at the annual “Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing” which was this year hosted in St. Petersburg in Russia. Our Team member Daniel Kuhn from Fraunhofer IPK spoke about the topic of “ICT enabled Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing”. The presentation basically based on our findings in the state of the art review in the manufacturing sector, the identified linkages to the other sectors, the relevance of promising RTDs and our vision on what future research should focus on in terms of ICT4EE especially in the Manufacturing sector.
Listening to the key notes the key message was clear. We urgently need a tremendous change in order to gain true sustainability worldwide. One main issue mentioned is the raising energy consumption and the problems caused by energy generation from nuclear material or fossil resources. Experts agreed that gaining real progress in energy efficiency is one key to address the challenges.
Looking on the more detailed technical presentations, we were happy to see that lots of research work already started in order to promote the enabling effects of ICT on energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector. Topics like:
•Context-Aware Smart Sustainable Factories,
•Aspects of Energy Consumptions Analysis in Assembly Processes and Equipment
•Modelling and Tactics for Sustainable Manufacturing or
•Energy-aware Production Planning based on EnergyBlocks
have been called out. What was also was very obvious is that people realized that there is a wider scope to be considered and that research can not only focus on one single aspect .Here especially the linkage between the production system and the factory building has been discussed. This proves the main idea of REViSITE, which is the cross sectoral approach. What also was clear that the research community is just at the beginning of a very long way. Again this proves the real value of the REViSITE roadmap helping to guide the research community on this way.
Summarizing the event, the message was clear: Analysing, Understanding, Modelling and the Simulation of Energy Consumption are the main aspects where ICT can support to increase energy efficiency in the Manufacturing sector.

REViSITE Workshop on Interoperability for more Energy Efficiency on 28/10/2011 Sophia Antipolis

As a follow up from the eeBDM workshop which will take place within the CIB W78 conference at Sophia Antipolis on the 27th of October, the REViSITE EU project (Roadmap Enabling Vision and Strategy for ICT-enabled Energy Efficiency) http://www.revisite.eu is organising a half a day workshop to explore in more depth the main gaps and barriers to interoperability within the built environment and to determine the basis for the development of a roadmap for the European Commission to identify key standards, taking into consideration key standardisation bodies, and to develop standardisation proposals to overcome these barriers. The workshop will include among its participants invited key speakers from the eeBDM workshop in addition to an expert group working with the REViSITE consortium, and will be moderated by the REViSITE partners with the support of DGINFSO from the European Commission. Preliminary data collection will take place prior to the workshop via a survey on interoperability priorities within eeBDM online and on the previous day with the wide audience of experts attending the eeBDM workshop.
Having identified high level semantic issues, from ontologies to SOAP, middleware and messaging, a structured discussion will take place during the workshop taking into account existing standardisation initiatives and international industrial proposals, the acceptability to the main market players, the necessity for a consensus building period among the research community and other stakeholders, then the practical launching within the work plan of candidate standardisation organisations (e.g. BuildingSmart, OASIS, ETSI, etc.). The initial results of the survey will be discussed and validated together with the main components of the REViSITE roadmap related to interoperability issues.
It is expected that the outcome of this workshop will complement those of the eeBDM workshop on the previous day and will constitute an important step forward towards standards in Energy Efficiency that can be agreed by industry, market players and public authorities and boost the interoperability of the Energy Efficiency IT applications and tools.

REViSITE will be at ‘ICT for Sustainable Homes’

REViSITE project will be at the “ICT for Sustainable Homes” conference and exhibition in Nice, France, on the 24th-25th October 2011, with a dedicated exhibition stand and a presentation made on the 25th of October.

“ICT for Sustainable Homes” is an international conference and exhibition organised every year in Nice, France, by Sigma Orionis in cooperation with the Beywatch project funded by the European Commission’s DG Information Society and Media. The conference aims at providing companies, research laboratories and other organisations involved in ICT based products and services for the home with a key opportunity to meet and network, to be informed of latest promising technologies and find potential partners to initiate or strengthen projects.

The event is approaching, only three weeks left to register!

Register now at: http://store.sigma-orionis.com/login?conferenceid=47

ICT for Sustainable Homes 2011 will feature:
– 20 leading projects in the ICT4EE and Future Internet fields
– Over 30 high-level speakers featured in 6 thematic sessions (View agenda at http://ict-sustainablehomes.org/program)
– Exclusive technival visits at IBM’s Industry Solution Centre and CSTB’s lab
– A unique opportunity to network with peers, share visions and build new projects!

We are looking forward to seeing you in October!