On November 27th, SIT4Energy participated in a virtual event at the Universidad Politécnica de San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The main objective was to introduce undergraduate students to the approach of the SIT4Energy project regarding the application of machine learning and the use of visual analytics applied mainly to the development of the utility dashboard. In this way, the importance of developing applications of the SIT4Energy framework was addressed, which involves the application of innovative topics from technology areas (e.g. machine learning) that are of particular interest to students from these areas who will become future professionals.
SIT4Energy is delighted to announce its first international journla publication. Research results on human behaviour, entitled “Real-time Physical Activity Recognition on Smart Mobile Devices using Convolutional Neural Networks”, authored by Kostas Peppas, Apostolos C. Tsolakis, Stelios Krinidis, and Dimitrios Tzovaras, has been accepted for publication today!.
It presents the results of the novel AI-driven architecture developed by CERTH for activity tracking on a mobile device. Results demonstrate improved performance when compared with other state-of-the-art solutions on two different datasets.
In the context of SIT4Energy this tool enriches the micro-moments engine for identifying the optimal moment to sent a recommendation to the end-user.
Find the open access publication here.
Energy efficiency and climate change are two of the most omnipresent terms one might encounter in the last couple of decades. The need to impose new regulations to decrease the pollution caused by conventional energy production is growing ever more so, with international efforts aiming towards innovation in both power production and the rationalization of the consumption of resources. With switching from using fossil fuels altogether being the logical way to go, research indicates that the use of conventional power generation methods will continue until the next two decades to come; therefore, changing the consumption behaviors of individuals has become a necessity to avoid the raising issues concerning climate change and pollution of the environment.
Having hope to change the world through the efforts of our youth; the new version of the SIT4Energy application delivers an elegant solution to a modern problem, where the younger generation of society can learn how to save up energy and money with a gamified and interactive approach. The application consists of trivia questions related to energy efficiency, which are specifically designed to raise awareness amongst students and educate them regarding common energy saving practices. On other hand, a large portion of the questions/information is dedicated towards disproving widespread energy saving myths, which many of us practice wrongfully. The tool is both aesthetically pleasing and encouraging, with its award system for students who work towards the betterment of their knowledge in practicing “Green habits”. Unlike the previous release of the SIT4Energy app, this version targets the knowledge and awareness raising factor rather than monitoring the end users’ consumption behaviors directly through sensors and rigid reporting. It is envisioned to receive a generic usage and serve numerous end-users regardless of their geographical location.
Currently the tool is at its validation phase, and we kindly invite you to download it and give a try!
Find it on Google Play Store through this link.
SIT4Energy 5th Plenary Meeting, held on the 16th of July, 2020 online, brought together the consortium aiming at presenting and organizing the integrated SIT4Energy framework and its deployment to the pilots. The members presented their current development and integration procedures and described their operational tools and engines along with pending integration steps. The discussions focused on the pilot deployment, with special consideration the COVID-19 limitations on both countries. Initial results from the closed pilot phase have been presented along with next events and overall activities within the project’s lifecycle.
SIT4Energy is announcing a new publication acceptance, heading to be presented in the “5th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies”, SpliTech Conference, on September 23-26, 2020. The project team is participating with a paper entitled “Optimal Recommendation Strategy Identification towards Energy Efficiency in Tertiary Buildings“, authored by Ilias Kalamaras, Apostolos C. Tsolakis, Adamantia Chouliara, Stelios Krinidis, and Dimitrios Tzovaras.
The paper suggests an approach that aims to deliver the optimal persuasion strategy to affect end-user’s energy-related behaviour. This work is going to be enhanced in the future, when more data is delivered by the initial pilot establishment.
Further participants are being searched for starting in June! Sign up and profit from the free use of our new visualization for self-suppliers!
Energy-efficient use of self-generated PV electricity
At the end of April 2020 the time had come! The first closed pilot phase of the field test for the SIT4Energy project has started. The SIT4Energy project is designed to provide end customers with regenerative generation plants (so-called prosumers) with an intelligent energy management tool to use the electricity they generate themselves (e.g. from PV systems) as effectively as possible, to consume it themselves and thus to increase the degree of self-sufficiency.
Currently, eight participants with a corresponding system constellation (e.g. PV system on the roof of the building or a combined heat and power unit in the basement) are testing the preliminary version of the developed energy management dashboard. The aim is to use the tool and the graphics and evaluations it contains to inform end customers that they are using as much self-generated electricity as feasible at the best possible time for energy consumption. This improves the personal CO2 footprint and helps reduce electricity costs.
Highest efficiency for the least effort directly from the utility at the point of use
Active feedback from the participants on the functions developed so far helps the project team to set up an updated and nearly bug-free version of the dashboard for the upcoming open field test. This will start at the beginning of June 2020 and last until October 2020. For this long test period, up to 90 participants (mainly prosumers or self-sufficient customers) are invited and encouraged to actively use the dashboard. If you are interested in participating in this upcoming pilot test, please feel free to contact us:
Dr Christopher Schneider
Tel: +49 9521 9494-396
More info: SIT4Energy
SIT4Energy is delighted to announce a new paper acceptance. Recent research work with title “Combining Machine Learning with Visual Analytics for Explainable Forecasting of Energy Demand in Prosumer Scenarios”, authored by Ana I. Grimaldo and Jasminko Novak, has been accepted for full paper publication at the 10th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Information Technology (SEIT-2020).
It presents the prototype design and the preliminary evaluation results of the utility dashboard. More collaborative publications are going to follow the pilot installation.
SIT4Energy participated in the E-world Energy & Water fair, held on February 11 – 13, 2020, in Essen, Germany. E-world energy & water is the place where the European energy industry comes together. Serving as an information platform for the energy sector, E-world is gathering international decision makers in Essen each year. The majority of international exhibitors come from countries of the European Union. A team of SIT4Energy was there demonstrating the project’s basic concept through an illustrative poster.
SIT4Energy 4th Plenary Meeting, held on the 5th and 6th of December 2019, gathered the consortium to discuss about the progress of the activities and to coordinate the pilots. The meeting was organized in Hassfurt, Germany. The discussions focused on the developed parts of the most recent work packages, the integration of the initially implemented solutions and the settings of the pilot scenarios in Greece and Germany. Together with various presentations and discussions, the teams thoroughly demonstrated the mobile recommendation system developed along with the mocromoments detection service.
These tools envision to address the needs of energy consumers via providing smart energy control and management features.
CERTH / ITI participated in the Innovation Forum 2019 held at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on Monday, November 18, 2019 (08: 30am – 18: 30pm). The event is organized by the Hellenic-German Chamber and the German Embassy with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)in order to promote innovation through the development of synergies between Greek and German companies.
During the event, companies operating in Greece and Germany shared successful case studies in innovation. Best practices from both countries relating to new technologies, investment prospects in the field of innovation, and ideas on how artificial intelligence should be applied were also presented. The Innovation Forum seeks to highlight the ingredients that led to recipes for success and to strengthen Greek-German partnerships.