Platform for Smart Energy Services – New research project

Networked devices, e.g. smart home solutions, and corresponding digital services increasingly define everyday life. They play an important role in the energy industry, offering added value for end customers whilst energy providers reposition themselves as energy service providers. Hence since July 2018 ongoing application-oriented research on a platform for smart energy service development is being conducted within the scope of SENERGY a project at the Institute for Applied Informatics e.V. by the Competence Centre Smart Energy Systems.

Smart energy services offer the opportunity of uncovering hidden energy-saving potentials for companies and private households, lowering energy costs as well as providing added value (e.g. a more comfortable daily life) for customers while adapting to the respective user requirements. Sensors and actuators provide the foundation for aforementioned smart services by gathering environmental data and executing tasks (e.g.  radiator valve adjustment). Thus the central question tackled by the EU funded project ‘Research, conception and development of an open platform for knowledge-based Smart Energy Services (SENERGY)’ is how the development of smart services based on networked devices can be aided by software and therefore be simplified for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

“The platform should support the whole process – starting with sensor data integration followed by data analysis and finally automated task execution based on gathered information – all with the help of easy to use software tools”, Robert Wehlitz, SENERGY project manager. For example it will be possible to use smart devices (‘Internet of Things’), process vast amounts of energy data (‘Big Data’), develop predictive analysis services by leveraging machine learning  (e.g. forecasting consumption in the future) and supply these artifacts via the platform. Deploying services in close proximity to users represents an additional project focal point. Such deployments allow data to be processed locally and dispense the need of transferring data to a cloud service thus retaining data with users and catering to privacy concerns.

The open SENERGY platform will enable SMEs to develop innovative business models and smart services for the energy industry in a cost-effective manner. The project serves as an example of how innovative digital technologies are applied in Saxony.

Project manager: Robert Wehlitz
Funding provider:
SAB
Project duration:
01.07.2018 – 30.06.2020
Application number:
100338771

The research project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the free state of Saxony (Sächsische Aufbaubank – SAB).

Project contact at InfAI e.V.
Robert Wehlitz
Phone: +49 (0)341 / 97 – 337 15
Fax: +49 (0)341/ 97 – 337 29
Email: wehlitz@infai.org