With its „Smart data – innovations from data“ technology program, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is supporting promising research and development projects. The objective here is to develop the growth market of Big Data more effectively for the German economy.
in-GmbH has also qualified for BMWi support with its SmartEnergyHub project. The platform project impressed through its forecast-based and market-based energy management on the basis of sensor data. This addresses infrastructure managers and energy consortia.
SmartEnergyHub was one of two projects in the energy sector to receive funding from the BMWi at the end of 2014. In the future, this will allow energy generation and consumption processes, as well as network utilization to be optimized based on sensor data. In an initial pilot phase, the project is to be implemented at Stuttgart Airport. Further potential users, such as Hamburg Port, municipal utilities and industrial enterprises will also be involved.
Green for go: Making decisions based on sound data
in-GmbH incorporates its relevant experience with the sphinx open platform for visualization of the Internet of Things. It is critical to capture relevant sensor data from the energy supply sector, the environment and buildings, as well as to ensure central and fast processing all the way through to visualization and operator interventions. Fichtner IT Consulting AG, Stuttgart Airport, in-GmbH and Seven2one are partners in the consortium. Fraunhofer IAO is the research partner. One objective of the three-year project is to provide energy managers with a consolidated overview and support them in making the correct decisions based on the data captured.
This means that energy consumption, requirements and surpluses can, for example, be effectively monitored, optimized and controlled. Innovative new processes, which take various influential factors into consideration, enable proposals for improvements and potential savings to be derived. The development of accompanying smart services opens up new and sustainable energy optimization potential for companies and service providers in the energy sector.
„With the Internet of Things, intelligent networking of data right through to the optimization of business transactions is becoming a reality. With the pioneering SmartEnergyHub smart data platform, we are doing our part to make the world a better place. What we are really excited about is the fact that this project has been closely based on users‘ requirements and provides a measurable benefit. Once the results are in, we are also anticipating new findings for our sphinx open project that will allow us to further optimize market access in the energy segment and increase the competitiveness of the platform,“ explains Siegfried Wagner, CEO at in-GmbH.