Highlights from Sunshine final conference in Bologna: building energy data at the core of the energy debate

Unlocking the potential of building energy data availability in Europe has been the fil rouge of the Sunshine final conference and roundtable held on January 14th in the Auditorium Biagi of Bologna’s Sala Borsa with the collaboration of the city’s Urban Center.

The European project Sunshine – Smart UrbaNServIces for Higher eNergy Efficiency– delivered innovative digital services, interoperable with existing geographic web-service infrastructures, supporting improved energy efficiency at the urban and building level. Ferrara was one of its pilot locations, with the Municipality being the key player of a pilot focused on the assessment of energy performances at city level and on the realtime communication with building managers: 21 public buildings serving daily approximately 1000 people were involved.

In the session on Energy Trends, the Regional Environmental Protection Agency of Emilia-Romagna explained the results of RESHC European project assessing that nearly 40% of Emilia-Romagna municipalities could exploit excess heat from industrial activities. Afterwards, the ACCENT project and its tool were presented as supporting instrument for planning the transition in building energy systems required to address the climate change challenge.

Renowned experts from the regulatory, research and business sectors coming from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom shared their expertise in the field of energy efficiency, Internet of Things, standards and EU policies, as well as open energy in a high level round table. The CityGML – Energy ADE (Application Domain Extension) Development Group was presented as voluntary working group on interoperable data models in the ICT domain, currently active on developing an extension dedicated to energy data of such data model.

The conference was an excellent occasion for joint capitalization of European initiatives targeting the availability of building-related data, and highlighting the increasing interest and number of initiatives at European level involving institutions, local authorities and the business sector. Citizens and stakeholders interested in energy efficiency also had the opportunity to take part in the SUNSHINE live demos and experienced first-hand the solutions available for energy maps, building energy awareness and remote control of public lighting.

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4 thoughts on “Highlights from Sunshine final conference in Bologna: building energy data at the core of the energy debate

  1. Buonasera, ho letto la traduzione della sua relazione in merito ai punti salienti della conferenza finale tenutasi a Bologna, a cui ho presenziato, ed associandola alle relazioni e alle dimostrazioni presentate riconosco il crescente interesse di tutti in merito all’efficienza energetica ma personalmente ritengo che ci sia ancora tanto da fare specialmente per quanto riguarda l’applicazione di tecniche per dare corso alla vera efficienza energetica ed alla relativa certificazione.
    Sono certo che soluzioni interessanti sono pronte ma non risultano ancora sufficientemente provate ed affidabili per cui è indispensabile iniziare con maggiore passione e tenacia, specialmente in ambito pubblico, la loro installazione effettuando in parallello programmi di monitoraggio per accertane la reale efficacia.
    In attesa di un riscontro, di aggiornamenti in merito confermo la mia personale disponibilità a proseguire lo scambio di infomazioni e idee progettuali.
    Cordiali Saluti

    1. Buongiorno, ci fa piacere aver riscontrato il suo interesse e disponibilità rispetto al tema dei dati energetici.
      Come ha evidenziato nel suo commento, sicuramente resta ancora molto da fare nell’ambito dell’efficienza energetica e della sua applicazione. Volevamo evidenziare i risultati disponibili e sottolineare l’importanza di mantenere sinergia tra le diverse iniziative in modo da capitalizzarle e non disperdere gli sforzi.
      Ci teniamo aggiornati attraverso i workshop dedicati, nel frattempo la invitiamo anche ad iscriversi alla nostra newsletter trimestrale per seguire in diretta gli sviluppi sul progetto Accent, e a contattarci direttamente attraverso l’indirizzo mail contacts@accentproject.com. Un saluto cordiale

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