Intelligent Energy Management

The real-time measurement and prediction of energy use; self-learning energy systems in buildings; energy solutions controlled similarly to mobile telephones; and a business model for smarter local energy communities. These are the four winners of the international innovation competition and project Intelligent Energy Management.

European Assistance For Innovation Procurement interviews Charlotte Lejon, programme manager of A Challenge from Sweden, on Intelligent Energy Management.

Combining solar energy and battery storage is currently a hot topic in the developing energy sector. As the proportion of renewable electricity increases, so too does the need for storage and a flexible energy network. The aim of the competition and test phase of the Intelligent Energy Management project was to acquire new, flexible solutions through which building energy systems are modified to store and use solar energy locally to a greater extent than today. This type of service will be increasingly important in a world dependent on a growing proportion of renewable electricity. Uppsala’s municipal housing company Ihus was one of several Swedish stakeholders involved in testing the winning solutions.

Needs owners

Five Swedish municipalities expressed an interest in and need for new, smart solar energy solutions; Arvika, Gothenburg, Eskilstuna, Herrljunga and Uppsala. All five participated in and supported the project by collaborating to create collective buying power and demand. They also hosted pilot projects for verification and testing.

Implementation through innovation procurement

After the test phase, work continued with a broader implementation through innovation procurement. This type of innovation procurement will make it possible for A Challenge from Sweden to gather more needs owners, thereby improving the market’s investment potential to provide attractive business models and the functionality clients require.

About the competition

The competition was arranged by the Swedish Energy Agency and Swedish Incubators & Science Parks in collaboration with NineSigma and Swedish municipalities Arvika, Gothenburg, Eskilstuna, Herrljunga and Uppsala, who also participated in the test phase. The prize for each of the four winners was €10,000 plus matching with participating municipalities for the implementation of pilot projects with a value of up to €50,000 per municipality, It has been calculated that successful pilot projects may result in contracts worth up to €2.8 million.

Four winners from around the globe

CERTH, Greece
The team behind AGILE have developed a self-learning energy system that adapts itself and learns to make smart decisions about the building’s energy use in real time, while at the same time meeting the end consumers needs with no additional demands.

Amzur Technologies, USA This winning team has developed a smart energy meter that predicts battery consumption and generated solar energy. The energy meter can also help the user to choose when the battery should be discharged and when it is appropriate to buy electricity from the grid.

KIC InnoEnergy, Sweden The team behind this solution, Local System Operator (LSO), take a stride towards smarter energy use through an innovative business model based on local production and consumption. The solution may contribute to the development of more energy-smart communities in which users and apartment buildings contribute jointly to more sustainable energy use.

Ferroamp Elektronik, Sverige

EnergyHub är en skalbar lösning som kan ge effektivare energihantering, mindre spillenergi, enklare installation och lättare underhåll för användarna. Precis som smartphones utgör en plattform för kommunikation, är EnergyHub en plattform för lagring av förnybar energi.