HIT2GAP Final Stakeholder Event in Spain - 13 June 2019

Our partners in Spain presented the HIT2GAP project and its outcomes, including a description of the BEMServer system for intelligent buildings, at the Nanogune building, one of the demonstration cases of the Project, in San Sebastian on 13 June 2019. 

The overarching aim of the event was to demonstrate the benefits and results of the Project to participants, who included: building management specialists from Bilbao and Zarauz, and to provide them with a tour of the facilities of Nanogune in San Sebastian, where the developments are being implemented.

Gorka Naveran of Giroa-Veolia welcomed delegates to the day's event, which included speakers from IK4-Tekniker, Nobatek/INEF4, the University of Girona, Eurecat and Giroa-Veolia. Over the course of the day, attendees were given an overview of the BEMServer data platform and an introduction to a range of modules that sit on the platform which enable facility managers, engineers and other stakeholders to reduce the energy gap in buildings between actual energy use and predicted energy use. Jorge Berzosa of IK4-Tekniker provided the audience with a general introduction to the Hit2Gap project, and in oarticular, outline the challenges to reducing the energy gap, explaining its applicability to different types of buildings.

This was followed by insights from Pierre Bourreau of Nobatek/INEF4 on the technical aspects of BEMServer, the central data server of Hit2Gap, including its functionalities, and the advantages and flexibility of BEMServer as an open source solution. This was followed by a presentation by Maitane Ferreres of Giroa-Veolia on her own user experience of the ISO5001 Energy Manager module, a centralised information and visualisation manager, and how this could help facilities and energy managers in controlling the energy consumption of their buildings.  Francisco Gamero followed, providing a description and results related to the two modules developed by the Universitat de Girona: the Fault Detection and Diagnosis for managers to identify abnormal consumptions; and Load Forecasting that is used to better anticipate energy demands. Regina Enrich of Eurecat spoke about the particular role and impact of occupants in the building, and showed how these are being tackled in the Hit2Gap project, through the use of a variety of technologies, from presence sensors, to behaviour modelling.  Gorka Naveran rounded off the day's presentations with a description of the application of the modules and results obtained on the four different sites, with a special focus on Nanogune's building.

The day's presentations attracted a wide variety of questions from the audience.  Some delegates, for instance, were keen to know more about the financial arrangements with regard to the modules and data platform.  Delegates were also interested in how the modules interact with each other and share data and provide information/alerts to building users or to estates departments who might wish to analyse groups of buildings.  Attendees also asked for more detail about module failures and fault detection. Questions even extended to questions about methodologies, variables and algorithms for forecasting. Some members of the audience asked how easy it will be to provide the necessary static information to enable the system to work for a particular building, including the setting up of models.  The question and answer sessions also included some discussion of the relationship between users of buildings and energy consumptions.

Following the presentations, attendees were given a tour of the facilities at Nanogune, to see the BEMServer energy-saving solution in action.

For further information, please contact Gorka Naveran at gorka.naveran@veolia.com