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New innovative solution for the improvement of cities: CEI

  • ITE and ITI develop the project CEI and aim for an Energetically Smart City

The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE), in collaboration with the Instituto Tecnológico de Informática (ITI), designs and develops a global energy management system aimed at improving the current conditions of cities from an energy and environmental point of view by reducing consumption and, thus, greenhouse gas emissions.

The developed system includes three levels which correspond to the energy efficiency of the building, of the micro-grid and of the city. Is has an Energy Module for the management and optimization of the energy use, a Maintenance Module for the detection of faults in the different nodes and their following management. In addition, the system includes services providing the citizen with the energy information which can promote a proactive behavior as for making decisions to improve the environment.

In the building, the energy controllers installed in the electrical panels monitor and control energy in order to get an optimal use, consumption and generation. The second level corresponds to the micro grid, the application accesses the controllers, it groups buildings by criteria and it operates with the aim of improving the system by using prediction, balance and energy management algorithms. Finally, as for the city, the application communicates to all the micro grids crating an Energetically Smart City. It is a simple user application which provides the main information of the city such as its energy consumption, traffic of certain areas and weather forecast.

The project CEI boasts many innovations regarding the information provided about not only the single building, but also the micro grid and the city. In addition, it has a maintenance module with more than 25 indicators and it integrates prediction, balance and demand management algorithms. Through these functionalities, it is possible to have a daily estimate of the generated renewable energy and of the predicted consumption, allowing the user to anticipate the future energy demand in an automatic and optimized way.

With the aim of creating an Energetically Smart City, the initial idea of the project is to locate energy controllers in companies or public buildings with a high consumption, so as to make that the later installation of the second and third-level applications will be useful in the control centers of the cities.

CEI brings benefits to the society, since an optimized management and the consequent energy saving result in an economic saving and in the reduction of CO2 emissions, thus improving the environmental conditions of cities.

The project is funded by the Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial (IVACE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).