Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.6.3 | Award Amount: 4.67M | Year: 2012
ICeWater will increase the stability of freshwater supply to citizens in urban areas by adjusting the water supply to the actual consumption, while minimizing energy consumption through smart-grid integration and water spillage through leak detection.\n\nICeWater uses wireless sensor networks for water flow monitoring and it provides a decision support system for the water utilities so that supply and demand patterns can be matched in real-time. As an additional benefit, leakage can be predicted with statistical methods so that water network damages can be mended even before they occur (fix-before-break).\n\nICeWater uses wireless sensors of various types to provide real-time monitoring of water supply and demand. Based on the sensor data, decision support systems facilitate optimization of the water grid network operation (pumping schedules, pressure etc.). The demand management and consumption information is accessible online to the relevant actors in the water supply chain (including consumers) and allows dynamic pricing schemes with nudge-pricing to motivate behavioural change in customers causing critical consumption patterns. Services for asset management, such as predicting deterioration, leakage detection and leakage localization functionalities, will reduce water waste. New networking concepts (protocols, management of virtualized network resources) are required for better information flow, network resources management and sharing in a service oriented architecture (SOA). The information gathered with these services allows a better understanding of the consumers and to improve the effectiveness of the water resource management together with new metering and pricing schemes.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP.2012.4.0-1 | Award Amount: 4.18M | Year: 2012
Building skyscrapers, Real Estate has to constantly deal with social, economical and political issues. Nowadays market calls for a less conflictual and more profitable development niche, until now especially limited by livability and psychological constrains coming from the absence of natural light: underground architecture, including earth-sheltered and earth-covered buildings. Hypogeal spaces can tackle congestion, lack of open public space and aging infrastructures, exponentially increasing urban design opportunities to populate the volume contained by an over exploited earth surface. Underground can limit visual impact (zeroing main concerns about skyscrapers)and promote efficient land use in a noise and vibration-free environment, reducing energy costs by heat loss and daily temperature fluctuations control. Until now the discomfort caused by sky and sun deprivation consents hypogeal architecture only where protection from harsh climate conditions and natural disasters count more than above mentioned discomfort. SkyCoat, with a great leap underground, recreates the experience of natural light, obtained by complementary presence of both direct sun and diffused sky lights. Disadvantages of hypogeal architecture, like limited or no natural light and negative psychological reactions, are blown away by the possibility of reproducing the sun and the sky many meters under the earth surface, therefore opening a new and unexplored territory for real estate investors, architecture designers and buildings end-users. SkyCoat technology will also be verified in light design, testing how housing, offices, retail, industry and transport, can benefit from indoor natural light reproduction. At the same time, SkyCoat will be tested as coating material for skyscrapers: a thin layer of a nano-structured dichroic material will reflect warm sun light and scatter complementary cold sky component, allowing a tailor-made silhouette not necessarily corresponding to the building volume
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SME-2013-3 | Award Amount: 1.82M | Year: 2013
Energy efficiency policies foster innovation in lighting industry also driven by new, low energy consumption light emitting sources (LEDs). In this project we demonstrate that energy efficiency can be successfully combined to innovative lighting design and generate architectural contexts integrating illumination into spaces. On the other hand, these technologies must be carefully applied to avoid effects such as visual discomfort. In this scenario, CoeLux enters as a game changer technology, since it demonstrates how LEDs might faithfully reproduce the true comfortable light of the outdoor. In so doing, the appearance and the illumination capacity of combined sky and sun light are reproduced. Spectators will consequently enjoy an open-air experience also indoor and in underground spaces. DeepLite proposes three demonstrations of CoeLux capacities in three underground environments, i.e. in a historic building, a new subway line and an international airport, where architecture is tailored to bring the true landscape experience indoor.