The SmartEE gets off to a flying start

The EMILIE project, with a total budget of €2.2 million over three years, funded by the transnational European MED programme, aims to encourage innovation in tertiary building energy efficiency technologies among SMEs in the Mediterranean. It seeks to foster the emergence of innovative solutions to reduce the consumption of greenhouse gas-emitting energy, and to contribute to growth, competitiveness and jobs across the region. This is an ambition shared by the Capenergies competitiveness cluster, which is spearheading the initiative in France, alongside partners from Italy, Spain, Croatia and Slovenia.

Cutting a French college’s energy bills by 10%
The French pilot site for this project is Lycée Paul Héraud in Gap (Hautes-Alpes), managed by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) Region. The experiment began in September 2014, with support from the Region. The ultimate aim was to cut the college’s annual energy bill – €110,000 – by 10% by June 2015.

Site_Smart_EESite_Smart_EE The remote meter reading system installed in the college buildings contains measuring equipment (electricity, gas, water and heating meters, temperature sensors and a CO2 sensor) connected to a “SmartEE” interface (touch-screen and mobile). The system’s aim is to promote behaviour change among users. The consumption data are analysed and graded as “good” or “bad” behaviour. This information then appears on smartphones or display screens, encouraging students and staff to adopt the recommended practices. There is a competition each month to reward the best results.

 

“In the first six months of the experiment, overall electricity consumption fell by 5%,” explained Céline Auger, project engineer at Capenergies, which is responsible for the French experiment. “By processing and analysing the consumption data, we can give users a better understanding of where the college consumes its energy, identify where consumption is out of sync with the established benchmark (e.g. a disconnect between installed power and real needs, or leaks) and set consumption reduction targets per sector.”