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ICT-based Energy Management System

to optimise energy usage and increase energy awareness in schools

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Objectives

Objectives

This pilot utilises smart technologies to measure, monitor and improve energy efficiency in Krambos schools, including a car mechanic workshop and a pre-school, where energy display panels are installed to educate students and encourage energy behaviour change. It is innovative because it uses sensors and AI to improve energy consumption. It was produced by the Regional Council of Västernorrland in Västernorrland (SE).
Target Groups

Target Groups

Buildings
Technologies Used

Techologies Used

Sensors: temperature inside and out, air quality, air pressure and flow Network: BACnet and Ethernet protocols Data: logs with set time for collection Mapping: data mapped to visualisation tools. For the older students in the vehicle programme the data shows a comparison reference to how many miles a car could travel using the same amount of energy. For the younger students the interface shows an emoji-type energy panel where the face is smiling when energy is being used responsibly. Engagement: the students are engaged through the visualisation tools and those managing the buildings are engaged through the data shared in the energy system.

Pilot Story

This pilot:
  • Measures energy use in school area
  • Uses sensors to measure and monitor outside and inside environmental factors, such as temperature to assess potential of energy adjustments based on these data;
  • Provides visualisation of data for children and students with accompanying activities, thereby contributing to behavioural changes that save the energy in the schools;
  • Provides recommendations for energy savings and more efficient energy management
The pilot encourages the following benefits:
  • Continuous data collection on energy usage, for each type of infrastructure and equipment, which makes it possible to identify the biggest "energy users" and find improvements;
  • Continuous data collection on the inside and outside environment (sensor data on temperature, air quality) - identifying smart solutions to save energy using data;
  • Focus on visualisations and working with students and children - the core part where we use data to contribute to behavioural changes and creation of energy smart behaviours - encouraging youth to be our "energy ambassadors"
  • Using data to influence behavioral changes - "smart" not only technology, but also "smart" behaviours!
Pilot Results

Pilot Results

Two implementations of the pilot are in place:

1. At Ådalsskolan​ high school vehicle program​, the following has been implemented:

  • programming to control and break flows on the air heaters closest to the garage doors to prevent hot air from escaping​
  • the ventilation has been optimised with presence control so that air flows are reduced when there is no activity in the workshop​
  • on-screen controls to indicate when there are favorable conditions to keep doors open in the room
  • workshops to encourage behaviour changes by raising awareness ​
  • screen used as a tool to monitor energy consumption and encourage energy-saving behaviours 
2. At Skarpåkersskolan​ elementary school, the following has been implemented:
  • optimised floor heating in the room so that the temperature can be controlled based on the season and outside temperature​
  • workshops to encourage behaviour changes by raising awareness 
  • screen used as a tool to monitor energy consumption and encourage energy-saving behaviours

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned & Recommendations

The feedback received from the schools indicates changes in the students' behaviour. They are turning off machines and lights when they are not needed to save energy, based on seeing real-time indicators of energy usage. This behaviour has hopefully spread to their habits in their own homes and to the rest of their families.