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Fully-Interoperable Middleware Solution to Improve the Energy Performances of EU Neighbourhoods by Exploiting the Potential of the Energy Hub Approach

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Pilot Neighbourhoods

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The project results during the final phase of the development have been deployed in the three demo sites:

Terminal San Giorgio

Terminal San Giorgio, one of Genoa's premier multipurpose terminals, represents a very unique case where the Logistic and Security needs of one the largest ports in the Mediterranean Sea are strictly connected and integrated with the city, through its residential and commercial neighbourhoods. Five Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) defined within the Epic Hub project (see….) were verified to assess the quality of the results: three Lights Optimization measures (two at different use cases in the yards and one in the warehouse), one Plugs optimization in the Reefer Container area, and one Energy community implementation through the use of renewable energy sources. The positive results obtained easily persuaded the energy managers of the site to expand the approach to other terminals they manage.


Genoa city and Port Terminals

Nikola Tesla Airport

Nikola Tesla Belgrade Airport (managed by the Pupin Institute) represents a very challenging use-case, where the Energy Efficiency measures are deeply connected with Security operations of the whole neighbourhood. Three Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) defined within the Epic Hub project (see….) were verified to assess the quality of the results through their virtual deployment at the Pupin Institute: Lighting consumption optimization measures, Dynamic selection of thermal energy source measures, to leverage on the energy mix for the optimization of the renewable sources or the reduction of costs; Optimization of energy flows, leveraging on neighbouring energy assets to draw guidelines for the future development of the energy hub. Based on the virtual deployment results, discussions will soon begin underway regarding the future deployment in the terminal.


APRON of Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade

Bilbao Exhibition Center

Bilbao Fair / Exhibition Center (BEC) represents a clear case of a potential smart neighbourhood, where RES, Green Cars recharging plants can be fully integrated with specific transportation and logistics needs of the second biggest Exhibition Center of Spain. Three Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) defined within the Epic Hub project (see….) are verified to assess the quality of the results: Pre-heating activities, optimizing the energy flows and ensuring the optimal level of comfort for occupants when needed, Minimal energy-import configuration for neighborhoods, to establish basic rules for the use of different sources and the integration of the demo within the district (hospital and sport center), and Lighting efficiency, addressing the need to balance reliable values of natural and artificial illumination in three different types of environments. Based on these results, BEC's energy managers have decided to expand the system to a larger area within the exhibition centre.


Entrance of the Bilbao Exhibition Center

The following savings have been estimated through the project's implementation, as an average of the typical benefits observed in energy utilization at the project's pilot sites:

  • Reduction of up to 10% in energy consumption from illumination
  • Reduction of up to 5% in the global energy bill thanks to integrated use of the EPIC-HUB platform.

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Energy Efficiency in Neighbourhoods

" EPIC-HUB is a research project co-financed by the European Commission in FP7 under the domain of Information Communication Technologies and Energy Efficiency in Neighbourhoods."