Newsletter issue #1
Editorial from the Project Manager

It is my pleasure to sign this first issue of the EDISON newsletter, intended to put the project information and results at the disposal of interested audience, in order to foster exchange of views and cooperation among the Consortium and a large network of stakeholders, building managers, etc. EDISON is an Integrated Project (IP) gathering 14 partners from 5 European countries, coming from different research and business sectors, with a wide range of interests and expertise. The project started in January 2012 and will last 3 years; it is coordinated by Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, a Cultural and Research Institution under the supervision of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, acknowledged by law 3/2003.

The EDISON idea was born from the need of refurbishment to transform existing buildings into energy-efficient buildings. The annual growth rate of new buildings added to the housing stock, in Europe, is currently at less than 1% of the housing stock (about 170 million residential and commercial buildings), due to the European crisis. The number of refurbishments accounts for roughly 3% of the housing stock per year. This means that most of the energy efficiency actions should be devoted to existing buildings. EDISON has integrated innovative ICT technologies, peculiar solutions and commercial components in a Smart Energy Platform (SEP) to reduce energy use in lighting systems, without significant impact of the retrofit action. In public buildings most of the energy used is required for heating, cooling and lighting. Operating on the lighting system and using the existing lighting infrastructure it is possible, thanks to EDISON solution, to manage different aspects of energy consumption in public buildings, from HVAC to illumination. In addition, some complementary services will be offered to the people attending the premises, that will make their stay more comfortable:

In about one year's time from now, a set of promising applications dedicated to passenger cars will be tested on the field with real users on French and Spanish motorways, while those for coaches will be experimented on the Paris to Amsterdam and London corridors.

This newsletter is accompanied by a project web site (www.project-edison.eu), where all project information is available on-line. We hope that the readers will find it interesting and we encourage them to provide us with their feedback on the project via the website.

Dario Di Zenobio
Project Coordinator (FUB)

 
How EDISON Works

The Energy Distribution Infrastructure for SSL Operative Networks (EDISON) project aims to develop a smart "DC Extra Low Voltage Lighting Power Distribution Network" in order to replace the existing lighting power supply infrastructure in European public buildings (administrative offices, schools, shopping malls, hospitals, etc.), contributing directly in reducing energy losses and consumptions. The main outcome is to demonstrate, under real operational conditions, that an innovative lighting system based on the use of Solid State Lamps (SSLs), e.g. LEDs, combined with Direct Current (DC) power supply and commercially available ICT components (smart meters, wired/wireless sensors and actuators, etc.), allows to improve energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions and encouraging the use of small-scale renewable energy sources.

The resulting lighting power infrastructure feeds the LED lamps through a low voltage DC pair of wires (Line + Neutral), 48 VDC, making available the third wire (Earth) to form a pair of "DATA" wires, when coupled with the common Neutral wire, in order to constitute an integrated power line/digital network or, in brief, a "PowerLAN". Thanks to its wide spread over electrical wires and to its peculiarity to be able to be used not only for the simple lighting service, but also for value-added services native DC power, this wired infrastructure represents an open control platform for building automation and monitoring, which permits to exchange data with the field and to interact with lighting dimming modules, sensors and actuators, giving evidence of the energy saving results, efficiency, real time operations, etc.

In synthesis the PowerLAN is part of the Smart Energy Platform (SEP), which can be implemented both in energy retrofitting actions and in new buildings construction, mainly aimed at providing an efficient lighting system and, where it needs, a spread LAN which can be used for different control and monitor actions.

The described EDISON approach is currently adopted in more than 10 Pilot actions in different European countries (Belgium, Italy, Ireland), in order to demonstrate the capability of the proposed technical solution to take advantage of multiple benefits, like:

  • compliance with a SELV (Separated/Safety Extra Low Voltage) system;
  • quick and safer installation of lighting fixtures and other low voltage devices;
  • direct connection in easy way and efficient use of energy from solar, wind, or other native DC alternative energy sources;
  • energy consumption reduction (more than 60%), also due to the usage of LED lamps, sensors and control devices;
  • contribution to a more environmentally-sustainable energy policy, reducing CO2 gas emissions and leading to a global level in the fight against climate change.

 
Focus on Partner: Fondazione Ugo Bordoni

Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB) is a Cultural and Research Institution under the supervision of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development acknowledged by law 3/2003.

Thanks to its impartial and independent nature, FUB provides support and consultancy to national public administrations and independent authorities (Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE), Communications Authority (AGCOM), Ministry of Justice, General Headquarters of the Carabinieri, Ministry of Environment, Civil Defence, National Research Council (CNR)), as well as collaborates with network enterprises (ENI, Enel, Terna, Italian Post Office) and major Italian Universities, combining ICT (Information and Communication Technology) research with public interest services.

FUB has a solid expertise in the field of communication networks, developing projects aimed at identifying innovative solutions for broadband communications and new generation networks. In the last years has extended the range of its activities to the optimization of the infrastructure systems in crucial fields, such as energy, health and mobility.

FUB participates in European and international research initiatives and programmes, including the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission, as well as to official events organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), including several editions of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) where FUB staff was is usually part of the official Italian delegation.

FUB in the EDISON project

Thanks to its wide experience in participating and managing EU projects, FUB covers the role of Coordinator of all the partners of the EDISON Consortium, especially with the goal of making possible the integration of single expertise and experience in order to create the right synergy.

It has the task of monitoring the overall progress of the Project, managing the organization of official meetings and being the interface between the Project and the European Commission for all the administrative, financial and managerial aspects.

From a technical point of view, FUB contributes to the identification of a reference model of Pilot locations survey, through which gather all needed information about geographical data, building architecture, electrical network infrastructure and any other detail requested for the design and implementation of the EDISON solution in the Pilot buildings, as well as to the definition of hardware and software components of the EDISON platform. It will supervise the integration and running phases, and will provide support in the analysis of data resulting from the Pilots for the evaluation and validation of the EDISON efficiency actions based on a common methodology provided by the EC.

FUB plays also a strongly active role in the definition and consequent practical implementation of appropriate dissemination and exploitation strategies, in order to guarantee the widest possible visibility of the project results.

 
Dissemination actions

"Export" of the project

  • Perugia Green Days 2012 (May 17th-20th, 2012, Perugia, Italy)
    http://www.perugiagreendays.it/

    The PM of the project has been invited to present the project to this event, where the economy, research and ecology sectors meet together in order to support the development and diffusion of an innovative culture which brings to the adoption of energy saving strategies in the public and private building industry, promoting the recourse to the use of renewable energy sources.
  • The 1st EDISON Workshop took place on 20th Sept 2012 in Brussels. It was jointly organized by Vrije Universiteit Brussel with Ancitel and attracted about 35 participants from diverse sectors including industry and scientific and technological research.

    During the event the EDISON solution and relative Pilot actions have been publicized, as well as common experiences on the role of ICT in building automation with energy reduction and comfort provisioning have been shared with other guest speakers, including representatives of other ongoing ICT PSP Projects. A technical debate and an information exchange with participants on how the EDISON project could address the proposed issues were carried out during Q&A sessions and informal discussions.
  • Bioarchitecture and Domotics Week (November 14th, 2012, Modena, Italy)
    http://www.settimanabioarchitetturaedomotica.it/

    The project has been presented by Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Coordinator of the project, at this important event focused on sustainable architectures and buildings. The conference offered an overview of local, national and international best practices on sustainable designing, plant design integration and actions devoted to the reduction of energy consumptions. At the same time, it dealt with all critical issues related to the upgrading of the existing construction industry, providing a valuable opportunity for comparison to all the actors in the home-building process.
For more details, please, visit the project website (www.project-edison.eu) in the section "News archive".

 
News

Mestre and Chioggia host the EU Sustainable Energy Week

From June 22 to 30 Mestre and Chioggia host the third edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, the established appointment for the promotion of renewable energy and energy saving, which this year will involve hundreds of cities in over 30 countries. In Italy, the EU Sustainable Energy Week is sponsored by NordEstSudOvest and was sponsored by, among others, the City of Venice, Venice Province, IUAV University, the Veneto Region, ANCI, AICCRE, the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, the Ministry of Economic Development and the European Commission - Secretariat EUSEW. The events of Mestre and Chioggia are the richest in Europe, after that of Brussels. A series of seven conferences, two exhibitions, a side event and an exhibition and information with gazebo-infopoints animate the two host cities, with the participation of dozens of stakeholders in the sector. We will discuss local and national experiences, all the news on the subject of renewable energy and energy conservation, with the active participation of businesses, government agencies, associations and citizens. All different events are free entry.
The program of the event is available on the sites and www.nordestsudovest.org or www.eusew.eu .