Competence and demonstration center for central building control systems and energy efficiency

Project information

Index: 0787R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Innovation, research and technology development
Location GERMANY SACHSEN-ANHALT Merseburg Sachsen-Anhalt Start/End date of the practice
Start: 01/08/2011

Topic of the practice

Energy efficiency

Good Practice Information

This center is one result of another program called "smart energy with smart people" and has been developed at the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg. A core element of the center is the analysis of usage data of different users or buildings respectively. These data converge on a common data base and thus provide a voluminous monitoring which may help a company for example to decide whether there are investment or non-investment measures necessary to reduce energy consumption.
The competence and demonstration centre should fulfill the following tasks:
-automation of energy consumption management for users and owners;
-optimization of energy consumption values set off assets such as real estate in the country;
-permanent control and influence to increase energy efficiency (reduction of operating costs);
-results obtained in these processes, research and qualification results shall have an immediateand prompt effect for public authorities and companies;
-permantly useful training and consulting institution to provide education and training to highly motivated professionals from the region with the goal of practice-oriented graduates, engineers and skilled workers for the companies.

Companies from Saxony-Anhalt and other parts of Germany have promised their interest and their support concerning these plans: Delta Controls Germany, Görlitz measuring systems, Berg energy control, Siemens AG, Honeywell Company Germany, Sauter GmbH, Spicher GmbH Building conducting and security systems Halle. The building stock offers a considerable potential to be able to obtain energy and emissions savings within the next years. Approx. 40% of the German energy consumption and about 20% of the CO2 expulsion are caused in the property management field. The aim to reduce energy consumption and to optimize energy efficiency in the building stock could be achieved via different approaches

Evidence of success

Before major investment projects must be made e.g. in factories, it is often enough already to exert influence on user behaviour in order to achieve savings in energy consumption. Since most companies and public institutions do not have an energy management system, pilot projects should be initiated with appropriate energy saving measures and energy-efficient behaviour of employees should be encouraged. As a result of the energy-consumption monitoring, investment and non-investment measures are possible. Non-investment measures would be such as to influence consumer behaviour. Alone such measures can lead to a reduction of energy consumption by 15-20%. Investment measures would be the automatic regulation and control of buildings or certain areas in accordance with the relevant user behaviour and demands.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Anna Felgner Prof. Franck Sokollik

isw Institut für Strukturpolitik und Wirtschaftsförderung gGmbH

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