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Sustainable energy evaluation, documentation and optimization

Seedo is a new software for evaluation, optimization and documentation of energy production, transportation and consumption in a community consisting of various housing and industrial objects and other energy users

Energy is the life blood of each society. The well-being of the people, industry and economy depends on safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy. At the same time, energy related emissions account for almost 80% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The energy challenge is thus one of the greatest tests which Europe has to face. It will take decades to steer the energy systems onto a more secure and sustainable path. Yet the decisions are needed urgently, as failing to achieve a well-functioning energy market will increase the consumers’ costs and put Europe’s competitiveness at risk. The collaborative project “Sustainable Energy, Evaluation, Documentation and Optimization (SEEDO)” aims to develop a new software solution for evaluating different alternative routes for obtaining a sustainable use and implementation of energy resources within a community. This system will be a valuable tool which will help various stakeholders in energy sector in reaching the EU target for saving 20% energy by year 2020. Basic definitions which will be used in the further text are: 1. Energy Value Chain System (EVCS™) - complete value chain system that covers all process steps from energy production to the end consumer. 2. Energy Production System (EPS™) - umbrella expression for all energy production systems. 3. Energy Transportation Systems (ETS™) - umbrella expression for all energy transportation systems. 4. Energy Using System (EUS™) - umbrella expression for energy consumers, covering different aspects from the personal consumer, through larger entities, industries to societies. The project will be divided into different work packages, which all together will add up into an EVCS™. Calculations will include consumption/losses of different energy forms - electrical energy, heating energy, energy spent for transportation, etc. The main idea is to optimize and synchronize algorithms for evaluation of different types of units and unify them into a user-friendly software tool. Efforts will be focused on the entire energy chain, from energy production, via transmission and distribution, to the final consumption. The software will enable the stakeholders to create alternative models for effective compliance monitoring, adequate market surveillance, widespread usage of energy services as well as evaluation of material efficiency and recycling. It will be developed as multilevel and modular solution, consisting of different targeted modules, database and an intuitive user interface. The modular form will allow dynamic development and integration of additional modules. The energy variables consist of a number of variable groups as defined in directives and other key EU documents, and appropriate parameters will be taken into account. The need to adequately assess the amount of energy dissipated in a system, from the production facilities through transmission systems to the end consumer, is very important for estimating the Life Cycle Costs (LCC) for the alternative solutions. A structured database of parameters influencing the energy losses, climate data, regional data, etc. will be formed based on the research within the first project phase. The project activities will contribute to spreading of ecological awareness, due to the indirect dealing with the local, regional and global environmental issues - consequences for nature and human beings stemming from the energy distribution process. The developed software will pinpoint the direction for system change to an energy manager or energy planner, or even product designer. Hence, it would allow them to improve the design accordingly, and help to plan and test the changes rapidly. Software will be a useful aid for following tasks on different levels: - Planning new development projects taking into account sustainable use of energy. - Renewing old buildings/plants for increased energy conservation and energy efficiency. - Modelling alternative energy resources to be used for the infrastructure. - Evaluating alternative investments for energy conservation. - Defining the total costs for energy distribution and generation within a community. - Evaluating environmental consequences for nature and human beings (carbon print, etc.) - Predicting lifecycle energy costs. The project will cover the topics highlighted in the EU framework: Energy 2020: A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy (2010), European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2002/91/EC, EU Energy Directive and EU 2009/28/EC Renewable Directive. At the same time, it fits well into the national law basis and law proposals which will be voted for in the process of European integration of Serbia. Dissemination activities, seminars, workshops, etc., will start in the middle of the project period, in order to create a good introduction in engineering community. The cooperation with public bodies, SMEs and other stakeholders in the energy sector will result in a state-of-the-art product.
Acronym: 
SEEDO
Project ID: 
8 029
Start date: 
01-04-2012
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
1 150 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Information Processing, Information System
Market Area: 
ENERGY