Intelligent Energy Management

The international innovation competition and the Intelligent Energy Management Challenge project are fostering the development of new flexible solutions where energy systems of buildings are adapted so that solar energy to a greater extent can be used and stored locally. Solutions are to be tested by Swedish municipalities, who then will have the opportunity to procure the initiatives.

The combination of solar energy and energy storage is currently a hot topic in the energy sector. As the share of renewable electricity increases, so does the need for storage and flexibility in the energy system.

The aim of the competition and the test phase in Intelligent Energy Management (IEM) is to obtain new flexible solutions where the energy systems of buildings are modified so that solar energy is used and stored locally to a greater extent than today. This type of service is becoming increasingly important as a growing proportion of the world's electricity is renewable. Ihus, the real estate company in the Municipality of Uppsala is one of several Swedish players involved in testing the winning solutions.

Four winners from across the world

Energy management that both measures in real time and predicts the future, self-learning energy systems in buildings, the energy storage equivalent of the smart phone and a business model for smart local energy communities.

CERTH, Greece.This team has developed AGILE, a self-learning energy system that adapts and makes smart decisions about the buildings energy usage real-time, satisfying end-user needs.
Amzur Technologies, US. This winning team developed a smart energy meter that predicts energy use in batteries and how much solar power is being generated. The meters help consumers decide when it is time to use battery power and when it is time to buy electricity from the grid.
KIC InnoEnergy, Sweden. The team behind a Local System Operator (LSO) takes us towards smarter energy usage through an innovative business model based on local energy production and consumption. The solution contributes to creating smart energy communities comprising consumers and buildings, which together create a more sustainable energy usage.

Ferroamp Elektronik, Sweden. EnergyHub is a scalable solution providing greater energy management efficiency, less energy waste, easier installation and maintenance for consumers. Just like the smart phone, EnergyHub is a platform for the storage of renewable energy.

Pilots test the winning solutions

Five municipalities have expressed an interest and demand in new, smart, solutions for solar electricity: Arvika, Gothenburg, Eskilstuna, Herrljunga and Uppsala. All have agreed to participate and support the project by collaborating to create a so-called "critical mass" (a collective purchasing power and demand) and will also provide pilot sites for real life testing.

Innovation procurement last step

After the testing phase, work with a wider implementation continues through procurement innovation. Sustainable Innovation AB has been commissioned to double the number of clients within the project in addition to those already involved in IEM. This will enable The Swedish Energy Agency to gather more interested parties, thus increasing investment potential for the market to deliver attractive business models and functionality as required by customers.

About Intelligent Energy Management Challenge

The competition was arranged by the Swedish Energy Agency and SwedishIncubators & ScienceParks in collaboration with NineSigma. The municipalities of Arvika, Göteborg, Eskilstuna, Herrljunga and Uppsala are participating in the test phase. The prize to each of the four winners was 10 000 euros, matched with an award of up to EUR 50 0000 per participating municipalities for the implementation of each pilot project. Successful pilot projects may result in contracts with a value of up to EUR 2.8 million.

Consortium partners

  • Swedish Incubators & Science Parks (SISP) – Coordinator of the challenge and enabler of facilitation and support through regional innovation environments. Participator in the verification work.

  • Sustainable Innovation - Project manager for the verification phase and real life testing.

  • NineSigma - an American company with extensive experience in creating and running successful innovation competitions.