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Modulares herstellerunabhängiges Energie-Steuerungs und Management System

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  • Organizational unit

  • Category

    • Federal project
  • Funding source

    Federal Ministry of Business Studies and Climate Protection - BMWK

  • Funding program

    BMWK Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM)

  • Duration

About the project

Sub-project: Development of a traceable AI and an optional cloud synchronization for a modular and manufacturer-independent energy control and management system

Project description

The mohESa project is developing a control system to optimize the flow of electrical and thermal energy in commercial buildings. The system focuses on manufacturer neutrality, has a modular structure and can be easily retrofitted. To this end, communication between the spatially distributed modules will be based on long-range radio technologies. By supporting open standards, the system developed in mohESa can be expanded by third-party providers. Another important focus of mohESa is self-sufficient operation (island capability). A connection to or synchronization with a cloud on the Internet is optional and serves to increase performance through the anonymous exchange of operating parameters.

Project motivation

Against the backdrop of the climate crisis, the generation and management of renewable energies and sustainable heating are becoming increasingly important. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are therefore already investing in the generation of renewable energies using photovoltaics, in electromobility and in sustainable heat generation, e.g. using heat pumps, solar thermal energy or local heating (biogas plants, geothermal energy, industrial waste heat, etc.). On the one hand, this should ensure independence from fluctuating energy prices but also bridge possible blackouts (grid failure).

The systems offered on the market are usually technologically self-contained. For example, a photovoltaic system is either configured once by the installer during the initial installation or offers a connection to the manufacturer's cloud. Apps connected to the cloud are then used more for monitoring the system (e.g. reading out the current grid feed-in) than for the intuitive adjustment of operating parameters by the end user (employees of the SME). Furthermore, coupling to a heat pump from a third-party manufacturer, for example, is not planned.

For the optimal use of all components of an SME, a superordinate system is therefore necessary that places the components involved in an overall context and can align them to the needs of the company. Such systems are referred to as energy management systems (EMS). The market already offers very different EMS. However, these are typically aimed at the facility management (FM) of larger companies, with varying degrees of functionality. Here, the EMS is then installed, configured and maintained by energy managers in facility management.

In contrast, mohESa is aimed at companies without separate facility management with energy managers. A local wireless network is created using easy-to-install coupling modules that are connected to the components used, such as photovoltaic systems or heat pumps. The central component is the energy control and management system (ESMS).

Structural diagram of the planned networking of components


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Photo credits

  • Daniel Hess
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Matthias Kleinen

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