MOEEBIUS project faces the challenge of reducing energy consumption in the building sector, based on modelling optimization of energy efficiency in buildings for urban sustainability.
Project’s ambition was to elaborate products and services that will enable the minimization of the ‘performance gap’ and promote customer confidence in the attractiveness of diverse energy efficiency business models and contracts, such as Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).
Technically, the MOEEBIUS system as a whole appears quite complicated. Standing on a white box modelling approach of buildings, systems and distributed energy resources, a diverse range of components have been developed that take advantage of the energy simulation of those models and the real time monitoring of key performance indicators in pilot sites. Those components are combined in different ways, depending on the business scenario, use case and end-users’ needs. Selected applications are: Building Energy Performance Simulation tool, Demand Flexibility Engine, Dynamic Assessment Engine, Occupants’ User Interface, Predictive Maintenance Advisor, Retrofitting Advisor Tool, Facility Manager & ESCO Management Tool, or Decision Support System.
From the data acquisition side, the project has introduced innovations in a multi-sensor wireless device, MOEEBIUS NOD, for indoor monitoring and distributed data acquisition and management middleware.
Specific solution components were validated at large-scale pilot sites incorporating diverse building typologies, heterogeneous energy systems and spanning diverse climatic conditions (Portugal, the UK and Serbia). Although, one of the biggest technical difficulties in the project is undoubtedly integrating all the components within the MOEEBIUS framework and adapting its architecture to the needs and constraints of each business scenario and use case, their potential is perceived as impressive by the project team.
Crucial part of MOEEBIUS project were Living Labs (LL) activities – LL served as a channel for gathering feedback from the end-users and interested stakeholders throughout the whole project. This provided a basis to optimize all project developments, so as to directly address the critical needs of end-users, building occupants and relevant stakeholders involved in the operation of the MOEEBIUS optimization framework.
The project also looked at the ability of ESCOs (Energy Service Companies) to guarantee results and mutually agree with customers on savings targets, thus reducing the business risks that have hindered the growth of the ESCO market, especially at the EU level.
Finally, different innovative business models were elaborated within the framework of MOEEBIUS in two areas – ESCO and demand response.
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As MOEEBIUS will soon conclude its activities, a project’s final conference will be organized on 28th February 2019. The event will be held in Wels, Austria as part of World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) that brings together hundreds of delegates from business, the research community and the public sector. Every year it features policies, technologies, innovation and market development through a unique combination of conferences and interactive events. Therefore, WSED offers an ideal opportunity to consult on MOEEBIUS developments with the external stakeholders and gain their useful insight on the project results. Our event will be organised in the framework of European Energy Efficiency Conference – one of specific WSED events, focused on Europe’s commitment to a clean energy transition.