Climate change and reducing CO2 emissions is one of the primary drivers for improved energy efficiency at a global level. EU targets agreed as part of the ‘Paris Agreement’, represent a significant progression beyond its current undertaking of a 20% emission reduction commitment by 2020. EU member states are also committed to a target of 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Energy use in buildings accounts for a significant proportion of total energy consumption across Europe. Billions in cost savings are attainable through the optimized energy management in buildings. Technological advances are leading to continued growth, innovation and transformation in the energy market. The realisation of Building Management Systems (BMS) is a complex process due to the number of components, sub-components and systems involved. As a result, fully integrated BMS are rare and only large scale companies have the capacity required to approach integration. To drive transformation of the market and the growth of dynamic new entrants a new model of integration is needed.
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), open systems with protocols that can be managed in an open platform across multiple vendors are becoming a reality. This will reduce costs, improve efficiency and allow building managers more flexibility in terms of procurement and development. In a survey by Frost & Sullivan of stakeholders in the BEMs industry 44% of respondents specified IoT in buildings as the biggest impact on their industry in the next five years. 29% thought advancements in big data and data analysis would be the biggest transformational factor.
Nimbus Centre Focus
Through collaborative research and industry projects, we are developing energy management solutions that facilitate the ESCO (energy services company) market. We are creating novel ICT platforms to better control energy use, deliver energy savings and report on performance efficiency.
Nimbus Centre are focused on developing ICT-enabled energy management solutions such as:
- The integration of low cost, reliable wireless sensors and the Internet of Things to realise an Open Building Management System
- Integration of energy systems and the use of advanced BMS for smarter more intelligent buildings and districts
- The development of Robust Control Frameworks for sustainable energy optimisation
- Auditing for secure and sustainable energy management performance
- Efficient building operation through a better understanding of their use and occupant engagement
Nimbus Centre Energy Management Projects:
The Energy Testbed
Nimbus Centre manages the “National Sustainable Building Energy Test-bed (NSBET)”. This is a whole-building energy management technology demonstrator, available to develop and trial smart energy solutions.