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EcoShopping Report Summary

Project ID: 609180
Funded under: FP7-NMP
Country: Hungary

Periodic Report Summary 2 - ECOSHOPPING (Energy efficient & Cost competitive retrofitting solutions for Shopping buildings)

Project Context and Objectives:

Our major goal for the second period was to strengthen the communication and cooperation between partners, support the technological development based on the roles and the responsibilities, the governance structure, project decision rules and communication flow method defined at the beginning of the project. Energosys coordinated the work in the ongoing Work Packages in cooperation with the Work Package Leaders, several meetings involving General Assemblies and Steering Committees were held, corresponding meeting minutes were also prepared in detailed recording the decisions and discussions. The main outcomes were the preparation of the “2nd year annual report” and the “3rd year annual report”, with the support of the partners, and the organization of the 2nd Review Meeting, that took place in Brussels on the 30th of September 2016.

The main objectives in the technical development of the 2nd Period were to:
• To update the use and implementation of EPBD in different countries.
• Data collection and preparation for LCA.
• Identification of target building for future replicability study.
• Design, optimisation of insulation and lighting system.
• Elaboration of the guideline and methodology for holistic retrofitting in commercial buildings.
• RE powered DC heat pump Integration and initial evaluation.
• Infrastructure development for control and optimisation unit, including the sensor network, data processing unit and interfacing between system components.
• Integration/development of the mobile robot
• Development of Control strategy, action and web platform.
• Diagnostic analysis algorithm design and integration in the web platform.

Project Results:
In Work Package 2 four tasks are in progress: T2.1, T2.5, T2.7 and T2.8. In T2.1, further information was collected and more conversation with experts from standardization and regulatory bodies were performed. T2.5, which is still in preparation stage will design the methodology and process for future assessment and collect the needed data when the retrofitting is accomplished. For the LCA, conversations with the technology providers have been made to capture data of environmental impacts. In T2.8, negotiation with the new target buildings for future replicability study is ongoing due to the change of agreement, a new report “methodology for holistic retrofitting in commercial buildings” were produced and publicly available.
As reported in the second annual report, T3.2 and T3.3 were completed. Specially, due to the consideration of cost issues, T3.3 was extended in the third year to further study other cost-effective solution and finished by having a new design with LED system for the commercial building. Sensors were installed in the demo, evaluation and further optimization of insulation were planned, and simulation for daylighting and artificial lighting system were performed for system optimization.
In WP4, after having the design and requirements of both radiant ceiling system and RE powered heat pump system, the focus in the third year is to prototype and perform the system integration using different system components. Aiming to use the resource in an optimal way, prototyping has taken more time than expected when finding a suitable provider, manufacturing and the negotiation. For system integration and initial evaluation, simulation model and LCC is created for the target building.
In WP5, after having the developed sensor network, new sensors and data processing module in the second year, the interface between acoustic/environmental processing units and the Optimizer & Control Unit is completed together with the integration/development of the mobile robot. At the meantime, a simplified building model suitable for thermal building simulation and weather model were integrated and used in the control unit design.
Based on the previous worked performed in the last year, the diagnostic analysis algorithm development was done taking into account the need to find a general solution that fits the project needs, but also with higher flexibility and adaptability for different levels of building retrofitting. On the other hand, alarm metrics and KPIs to filter and prioritize the alarms were identified and integrated in the updated web platform.

Having the retrofitting plan developed in the second year for IKVA, the third year was to carry out the detailed process designed for all the necessary activities. During the execution of retrofitting, many unforeseen activities and challenges have emerged and the WP leader and consortium are obligate to face the practical construction difficulties, such as the time scheduling, contracting, limitation in space, facility and building owners’ specific requirements etc. Strong efforts have been dedicated in activities coordination and specially the project execution. The installation of the proposed technologies in the demonstration building were almost completed till the date of this report and need to be finalized with some follow up issues.

Potential Impact:
1. Systemic retrofitting methodology. The ineffectiveness of energy efficiency and potential retrofitting area will be identified, subsystems like lighting, envelop, HVAC, building control will be issued as a whole, while in the meantime, economic benefits, increased commercial value, user comfort, green values, greenhouse gas emission reduction, architectural and aesthetics aspects and building security are taken into account.
2. Reduction of primary energy consumption solutions. Envelope optimization with better insulation, using the selected optimal (cost and performance) material, 10% is expected in this project. Integration of photovoltaic solar technologies and/or wind turbine with novel speed varied DC powered heat pump and radiant ceiling system aims at a reduction of 20% of the primary energy consumption and a 61,4% increase of RES share.
3. Sensor network. A combination of distributed fixed sensor network and Mobile Robot, will become a cheap, energy-efficient but capable and adaptable system which monitors the occupancy level, temperature, humidity, noise in buildings and surrounding areas and transfers the data in near real-time to the IAU.
4. Intelligent Automation Unit (IAU). Serve as a brain of the building, intelligence is added, the system enables a much more accurate control in terms of time, cost (e.g. reaction according tariff of electricity) and demand, a better coupling of different subsystems, forecasting of weather and energy demand, resulting in at least 25% more energy efficient compare to rule base control system.
5. Maintenance and commissioning. By monitoring the device state and comparing the system status with historic data, system fault and ineffectiveness can be detected and presented in the developed web platform, allowing the building operator to advance the maintenance schedule, thus an sudden interruption of service is avoid and system efficiency is recovered, consequently, the energy consumption is reduced. 15% of energy efficiency enhancement is expected.
6. Guidelines, manual for use, installation, integration and set-up. Guidelines for commercial building retrofitting, including technologies with high replication potential, performance and economic data.
7. Operative Demonstrator. Solutions are deployed and validated in 1 pilot building (Ikva Shopping Centre in Hungary). This will be used in workshops and training seminars for professionals of the construction sector, building managers, investors, partners, journalists or potential customers. The visualization of the performance, before and after the installation, regarding energy reduction and cost savings will be locally or remotely via website and social media.
8. Information-space. Website with forums, best practices space, etc., workshops and network of engineering specialists, software companies, ICT equipment providers, construction companies, urban systems specialists, software companies, RES (Renewable Energy Systems) providers, utilities companies, public authorities (planners) and other stakeholders.
9. Business plan. A business plan support the Eco-Shopping project consortium to communicate its strategy with specific presentation to the European Commission, its shareholders, national and international partners and convince them about its overall viability and market strategy.

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Kinga Horváth, (Project Engineer)
Tel.: +36305428586
Fax: +3614610511
Record Number: 192370 / Last updated on: 2016-12-15
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