European energy optimisation Enerbuild project at the European Week of the Regions 2022

  • Adrián Noheda, European Projects Manager at the Finnova Foundation, presented the initiative and its actions.
  • Enerbuild proposes to combat climate change by relying on smart-building technology and the Internet of Things.

On 20 October, the seminar “Creating Synergies and Sharing Experiences between Projects in Different Regions” was held in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities. Different European projects in the field of sustainable energy and their contribution to the European Commission’s “RePowerEU” Plan were presented. The European energy optimisation Enerbuild project was one of the protagonists of the event together with LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0.

The event was structured in three panels. The first one was devoted to an institutional presentation; the second one focused specifically on European funds and the third one was attended by representatives of different European projects focused on sustainable energy. Juan Manuel Revuelta, CEO of the Finnova Foundation, kicked off the event. His presentation focused on sharing his long professional experience in European funds, as well as presenting a holistic and strategic vision of LIFE ECODIGESTION 2.0 project.

The intervention of Adrián Noheda, European Project Manager at the Finnova Foundation, was part of the last panel. In his speech, he presented the new energy optimisation project led by the Energy Council of Gran Canaria, Enerbuild, which has a total budget of 156,654 euros, of which almost 75% will be financed by the EIT Climate KIC. In Noheda’s words, this initiative “proposes to combat climate change by relying on smart-building technology and the Internet of Things“. The main objective of the initiative is to mitigate the effects of climate change by raising awareness among citizens, companies and institutions in the Canary Islands and strengthening innovation ecosystems at national and regional level.

Thus, it presents an energy optimisation system that will be developed in the pilot building “El Sabinal” of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. This will rely on the work of the Portuguese intelligent maintenance platform InfraSpeak, which will detect anomalies and provide recommendations for system optimisation.

Moisés Alvaro, Ecosystem Developer for Southern Europe at EIT Climate-KIC, presented the work done by EIT Climate KIC with the support of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon society. He stressed that, with such ambitious goals and short-term targets for a zero-carbon society by 2030, a systemic approach needed to be adapted. “The change we are really committed to is systemic, as it implies changing dynamics, so the challenge is not just about replacing the energy source or technological fixes, but about a complete transformation of the system,” he said. Moisés concluded his presentation by stressing that the Commission’s proposed strategic and legislative plan, RePowerEU, is a great tool to ensure the energy transition, but that “it needs a systemic perspective in order to have a real impact”.

The project partners

Enerbuild is developed by a consortium of beneficiaries consisting of:

Finnova is the European foundation for innovation financing. Its objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through its knowledge and experience in European funding instruments, addressing societal challenges such as youth employment, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, the circular economy, waste recovery, sustainable tourism and the fight against climate change.

Social innovation lab, located in Skopje (North Macedonia), dedicates its resources and skills to catalyse innovation to offer novel solutions to social problems, connecting institutions, organisations and collectives to different opportunities or projects.

BPS Group is a German company operating in the field of technology and the real estate market. The firm has developed HiPerWare, an end-to-end platform that with the help of Big Data and the Internet of Things can perform technically complex real estate operations in real time. The data, obtained through sensors placed in buildings or equipment, are analysed in the cloud and processed against thousands of variables that allow to visualise operational processes in 3D and improve the efficiency of maintenance.

Infraspeak is the Portuguese developer of an intelligent maintenance management platform, a state-of-the-art software capable of connecting to different resources such as platforms and sensors. Infraspeak has extensive experience in the implementation of its software and its connection to Internet of Things sensors, bringing its services to more than 400 customers around the world.

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