Optimizing Energy Utilization (Barcelona City Council)

The Barcelona City Council manages about 2000 municipal buildings and as expected the energy expenditure is very high. Hence, the objective was to closely monitor and control how these buildings are consuming and, in some cases, producing energy. Specifically, the aim was o determine the degree of utilization of energy produced by solar thermal systems in multifamily buildings. The project consisted on controlling and monitoring 28 solar thermal systems. It was divided into three phases; a pilot phase to monitor 4 initial sites, a second phase where 16 more were added, and a third phase where the final 8 were included.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • SmartDataSystem
    Time and time again, nature surprises us with elegant solutions to complex problems that give us ideas on how to solve our own challenges. Even some of our greatest technological inventions have a counterpart in nature, and the Internet is no exception.Scientist have discover, what the BBC coined as the “internet of fungus”, an underground nutrients and information network linking the roots of different plants that may be widely separated, through a mass of thin threads, that made up most of a fungus body, known as MYCELIUM.This natures show of incredible capacity to adapt and form mutually beneficial relationships between living organisms’ served us as inspiration to start Mycelium Networks, and provide collaborative IoT solutions through a network of partners.By combining experience from renewable energy consulting and monitoring projects and expertise developing and commercialising cloud based mobile messaging platforms, Mycelium Networks offer the SmartDataSystem IoT enablement platform. We have put great effort in enabling our partners to build vertical solutions with total control of their code, the selection of hardware, communication protocol, etc., while the cost is kept at bay. Our goal is to provide collaborative IoT solutions through a network of partners, letting them keep total control of their work.
  • TECHNOLOGIES
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
    Networks & Connectivity - Gateways
    Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Data Management Platforms
    Sensors - Utility Meters
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Cities & Municipalities
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Facility Management
  • USE CASES
  • Building Energy Management
  • ABOUT CUSTOMER
  • The Barcelona City Council.
  • CUSTOMER NAME
  • City of Barcelona
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • On the pilot phase, the main controller, responsible for managing the system operation, was monitored to analyse the actions it was executing on a regular basis. Given that the main controller did not allow external communication, a new set of temperature sensors and energy meters were deployed in order to measure the energy produced by the system. This equipment then transmits collected data to the Smart Data System monitoring platform through a gateway that provides connectivity. For the subsequent phases, the main controller was replace by the SH2WEB24, manufactured by CARLO GAVAZZI , an enhanced version of the controller that not only allowed the Smart Data System platform to perform monitoring tasks, but also enable it to send instructions to the devices. With this new controller, existing devices can now be connected directly. The final step was to analyse all collected data and then produce reports that helped improving the system setup, detect faulty equipment, and send alerts when something abnormal happened.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Energy Consumption Rate, Energy Production, Fault Detection, Solar Power, Temperature
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    The system helped detect faulty equipment, send alerts and facilitate predictive maintenance.
    Impact #2
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    95% system uptime.

    Benefit #2

    50% faster fault response time.

    Benefit #3

    1500 Euros in production related cost savings per year.

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