energy-efficiency - Pilot Results

The Energy Efficiency experiment aimed at testing the impact of real time information on energy consumption provided by ICT on user behaviour transformation towards energy efficiency and how can energy metering solutions from diverse SMEs be integrated, from the cross-border point of view, and what are the advantages, best practices and limitations of cross-border activities within the Living Lab network. The lessons learned and best practices gained from the cross-border experiments have been used to create the requirements for the Energy Efficiency Thematic Domain Network of APOLLON, which will be adopted by ENoLL and aims at facilitating the cross-border collaboration between Energy Efficiency-related Living Labs.

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Energy Efficiency Pilots and use-case

The pilots were chosen in order to encompass different use typologies, such as residential, public and business buildings, which have very distinct energy consumption patterns. Three types of cross-border activities were developed: knowledge transfer, technology transfer and business transfer. In these activities, the APOLLON Energy Efficiency partners developed several joint activities, such as workshops and business match-making events, where the cross-border aspect of the experiment was promoted. Regarding user behaviour transformation, a benchmark of tools and methodologies was created, and the global experimentation has proven that Real Time Information on energy consumption provided to the users leads to significant energy savings:

Helsinki: Average 9% (up to a decrease of 24,1% in energy usage)
Luleå: Average 9% (5-12% decrease of energy usage)
Amsterdam: Average 6% (4-8% decrease of energy usage)
Lisbon: Average 15% (9-20% decrease of energy usage)

Also, in the context of the APOLLON Energy Efficiency experiment, Logica and Quby developed as a Living Lab experiment a model and demo of a Home Controlled charging point for Electrical Vehicles that enables the user in a residential network area to charge an electric vehicle without overload of the limited connection capacity. Two basic ingredients of this smart charging solution are Logica’s product for public EV charging (CiMS) and the Quby Display, the Home Energy Management System of Quby. The resulting product makes it possible to have a private, dynamic EV Charging station to be connected to a limited district power connection without overloading this connection. It also fosters the end-user engagement of smart grids. Furthermore, a few issues on system interoperability were addressed, which might contribute to European standards for charging interfaces.

APOLLON Lisbon Pilot


Lisboa pilot (Portugal) – Residential Condominium

The purpose of Lisbon’s case is to implement energy efficiency measures in private households though behaviour change and to test the effect of using smart metering technology in this decrease combined with the remote management tool, developed by Lisboa E-Nova, in the decrease of energy consumption. The users believe that the reduction on their consumption based on the use of visualization technology will be due to the continuous knowledge of the energy consumption, in the identification of unnecessary consumptions and in the bigger commitment to energy consumption. The next step is to show the results produced by the remote manager tool to the participating dwellers and to find together opportunities in reducing energy consumption and the electricity bill.

Luleå pilot (Sweden) – Public Building: House of Culture

After over one year of experiment, the Luleå Pilot results show energy savings within the area of 7-30%. These energy savings are fully a result of the User Behaviour Change methodologies. The pilot attempted to reduce energy consumption through a range of behaviour change initiatives, based primarily on Real Time Information (RTI) display of energy consumption. Useful behavioural change test results were obtained. Luleå City has decided to keep the complete installation. The technological solution of RTI was implemented by the Swedish company KYAB and integrated with the iCenter middleware developed by the Portuguese company ISA.

Helsinki pilot (Finland) – Business Building: Varma House

Varma House is an office building built in 1989 where 12 different companies are located. Several sub-meters are installed in the building providing for individual consumption on energy of each company. Three different energy metering systems are now installed and being managed by the Generis platform from Process Vision. Two user groups were created in the building, which have been challenged to adopt more efficient energy consumption behaviours and observe their results through the reports of the Generis platform. After a first stage of the pilot, the groups will then be given weekly instructions that address specific consumption issues and areas that can be improved.

Amsterdam pilot (The Netherlands) – Residential Neightbourhood

The Amsterdam Smart City initiative tackles the key challenge for sustainability programmes and smart grid development. The pilot area covers two city parts of Amsterdam and involves about 1250 households. Selected households from this area were included into APOLLON demonstrations. It aimed to reduce the energy consumption in households via using innovative ICT products, services and techniques, including smart meters, energy control mechanisms, direct feedback and information provisioning etc. The objective is to achieve user behaviour transformation towards more energy efficient lifestyles using ICT (particularly through real time information on energy consumption). Issues for the cross-border pilot are the testing of technology from other partner countries in Amsterdam. It has been offered to the partners to test their technologies in a number of Amsterdam households.

Stakeholder’s impact – SMEs

ProcessVision’s Generis Platform and ISA’s iCenter are two successful examples of middleware solutions that have been implemented in the APOLLON pilot buildings and integrated with several different metering technologies. These platforms allow users to access comprehensive analysis of their energy consumption patterns and habits in quasi-real time and are an effective tool in promoting user behaviour transformation.
These platforms interact with products from KYAB (Sweden), Plugwise and other energy metering providers.