The SmartEE pilot scheme gets underway in Gap, under the European Emilie project

The Ocova Forum took place in Gap in 16-17 September 2014. The event, dedicated to business meetings and generating new energy transition projects, this year focused on “Smart buildings and smart grids”. This theme tied in with one of the key areas of focus of the Capenergies cluster – building energy efficiency.

To coincide with the event, around 30 representatives of major groups (IBM, Orange, etc.), institutions (CEA, Departmental Councils, local authorities and ADEME) and SMEs had a chance to attend the opening ceremony for the SmartEE regional pilot demonstrator, run under the European Enhancing Mediterranean Initiatives Leading SMEs to Innovation in building Energy efficiency technologies (Emilie) project. The aim of the project, jointly funded by the transnational “MED” cooperation programme and the PACA Region, is to encourage and test new energy efficiency technologies, products and solutions for tertiary buildings, through pilot schemes in five European partner countries – France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Croatia.

Capenergies is providing the PACA Region with project management assistance for the French pilot scheme. The purpose of SmartEE is to measure how awareness-raising among the occupants of a tertiary-sector building can deliver energy savings. The cluster was responsible for selecting the site, drafting the tender documentation and overseeing the installers.

Lycée Paul Héraud college in Gap (Hautes-Alpes) was selected to house the demonstrator and two local companies, WIT and Gridpocket, won the tender to install the equipment.

How the SmartEE pilot scheme works

The SmartEE demonstrator is a smart interface connected to measuring equipment (electricity, gas, water and heat meters, and temperature and contact sensors) that aims to raise awareness about environmentally friendly behaviour among building occupants. The online application will give college occupants away to analyse energy consumption in the classrooms and boarding house in real time. These visual, educational tools should enable occupants to adopt more eco-friendly behaviour. The scheme includes a points system (Ecotroks) and two competitions to encourage pupils to reduce energy consumption.

The ultimate aim of the awareness-raising experiment is to reduce the college’s annual energy bill (around €110,000) by 10% by mid-2015.

There will be a series of technical monitoring workshops and seminars between now and June 2015 to enable the European partners involved in the six pilot schemes to talk about the most effective energy efficiency technologies demonstrated within their respective schemes.

Pilote_SmartEE_03bwVisite du pilote SmartEE au lycée Paul Héraud à Gap par Vincent Morfouace,
Ingénieur projet Capenergies


Présentation par Céline Auger, Ingénieur projets Capenergies ,
responsable de l’action pilote SmartEE/ Emilie