Role of partners in the project

Meazon

Meazon will be based on its energy meters & sensors products that provide second-accurate, real-time breakdown of energy consumption flows. Its circuit-level meters are ready-set for the ever demanding world of cloud energy efficiency. They are perfectly adapted for limited cabinet space and can be fitted in almost all electrical panels at high density. Besides ZigBee wireless mesh connectivity permits effective positioning of its meters in a building. Furthermore, Meazon will also make use of its energy analytics & monitoringtools. Built on Windows Azure and Big Data technologies, Meazon Bizy Energy Analytics service allows customers to gain critical insights on raw energy consumption data. They enable energy auditing, visualisation, savings calculations, regression analysis and forecasting based on international energy efficiency standards (ASHRAE, IPMVP).

Meazon, through its involvement in this project, will have the opportunity to work together with highly experienced domestic and international staff in the provision of expert intelligence tools to be incorporated in its commercial energy management platform for proactive energy management in buildings to further optimize energy savings. In this perspective, by proliferating and customising its energy management tools in the future, it will broaden its commercial horizons and strengthen its position in the global market as provider of integrated solutions in energy saving for commercial and residential buildings.

Laboratory of Automation & Robotics

Laboratory of Automation & Robotics (LAR) (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras), having in mind the importance of the Theory of Automatic Control Systems as well as technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Fuzzy Logic, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, Intelligent Hardware Devices, etc. in contemporary culture, have developed activities in the following research areas:

  • Smart Energy Management
  • Control of Industrial Processes
  • Monitoring Tools (robot)
  • Intelligent Control
  • Knowledge Management
  • Modelling and Control of Discrete Event Systems
  • Modelling and Control of Hybrid Dynamical Systems
  • Hierarchical and Decentralized Control
  • Structured Modelling and Control
  • Design and Analysis of Nonlinear Systems
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • Embedded Controllers
  • Nano controllers and Intelligent Sensors

LAR’s members (and external experts) are experienced with deep and substantial knowledge of the thematic areas. The scientific supervisor Professor Peter Groumpos is one of the few scientists in the world with high recognition for his contribution to the development of fuzzy logic and fuzzy cognitive maps and their use in a wide range of applications. He is author of book chapters and has published over 120 works (only for fuzzy logic and fuzzy cognitive maps) in international journals as well as in international conferences. He has been recently invited as the main speaker at global conferences and energy forums. Moreover, Professor P. Groumpos and LAR had undertaken a series of projects funded by Greece and/or the European Union with research activities in the field of energy management, intelligent control, intelligent decision making and management systems. LAR was involved in the last years in a Greece – Italy project, which main objective was to develop educational programs for the use of renewable energies systems. Moreover, two years ago LAR was project leader in a LEADERA (FP7) project, which main objective was to study the energy efficiency of commercial buildings using renewable energies systems. Through this proposal LAR intends to capitalize and further improve its experience gained in recent years in developing fuzzy logic algorithms and customising energy simulation tools in building energy management for optimal energy savings.

GPM

GPM, founded in 2008, has a clear mission of researching and developing a unique strategy in reducing peak demand and saving money on electrical bills. Due to the high energy consumption in peak hours, most systems for light industrial and commercial industrial market, consume more energy on peak hours, the price for electricity is high, the waste of resources is tremendously high and are not able to manage energy in an affordable manner.

The company is highly specialised in HVAC efficiency control presenting the only integrated solution on the market today that uses a revolutionary technology to store, analyse and maximize the efficiency of energy consumption using cutting edge technology, algorithms and IoT. GreenOS™ is a comprehensive innovative solution that enables businesses to slash their electric bills by 10-40% by storing thermal energy in the buildings’ infra-structure, instead of in huge and costly ice tanks. Using a series of simple sensors and controllers, proprietary learning algorithms and a user friendly interface, GreenOS™ follows the thermal behaviour of the users, calculates the thermal capacity of the building, analyses the thermal behaviour and capacity, builds optimized operating profiles for efficient operation, stores thermal energy in the buildings’ infra-structure, optimizes operations and, in effect, cuts the electricity bills.

GreenOS™ applications include, among others, office buildings, logistic centres and warehouses, refrigeration rooms, etc. GPM, participating in this project, will have the opportunity to work together with highly experienced international staff in the provision of expert intelligence tools to be incorporated in its commercial energy management platform for proactive energy management in buildings to further optimize energy savings. From this viewpoint, by strengthening its energy management tools for optimal HVAC system operation in the future, it will broaden its commercial horizons and empower its position in the global market as provider of integrated solutions in energy saving for commercial and residential buildings.

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