I-CARE: Personalized climate and ambient control for zero-energy buildings
|Duration||2012-07-01 ~ 2016-07-01|
iCARE also addresses intelligent power management of locally harvested energy with the help of wireless sensor networks (WSNs). Localized energy harvesting eliminates electrical transmission and electricity distribution losses which can result in overall energy losses of up to 7.4%. However, the energy produced by any localized energy harvesting system is prone to large fluctuations due to changing weather conditions. This makes it essential to have a power management system that helps decide when to store energy and when or how to distribute it based on the net available energy within the building. This can only be performed successfully if the system has an accurate view of the interior and exterior environmental conditions of the building. iCARE’s WSN is responsible for providing an accurate view of the environmental conditions at a high spatio-temporal resolution.
Intelligent power management system (IPMS) for islanded zero-energy buildings
Publicly available weather forecast data will be combined with locally available data from iCARE’s WSN to predict the amount of energy that may be generated at a particular time using solar and wind energy. Agendas of office workers in a building can predict energy consumption in advance. This information will be used to decide when to store the harvested energy and how and where to distribute it in order to maximise energy efficiency.