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Development and design of energy consumption monitoring by connecting various ?databases

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Code Science Field Subfield
2.03.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Energy engineering   

Code Science Field
T140  Technological sciences  Energy research 

Code Science Field
2.03  Engineering and Technology  Mechanical engineering 
heat map geographical information system,‎ modeling of energy use,‎ georeferenced data,‎ energy planning,‎ identification of potential,
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Researchers (7)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  11202  PhD Fouad Al-Mansour  Energy engineering  Head  2018 - 2020  206 
2.  24227  Matjaž Česen  Control and care of the environment  Researcher  2018 - 2020  240 
3.  15534  MSc Jure Čižman  Mechanical design  Technical associate  2018 - 2020  79 
4.  17760  MSc Stane Merše  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2018 - 2020  426 
5.  31693  PhD Matevž Pušnik  Energy engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2020  116 
6.  10971  MSc Damir Staničić  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2018 - 2020  167 
7.  35578  PhD Gašper Stegnar  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2018 - 2020  111 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  88,610 
Based on legal provisions, several separate databases have been developed in Slovenia that include data on the energy properties of buildings and technical systems. These databases are managed differently depending on the extent and detail of the data, are located on different ministries and depending on the methodological basis – are collected either in electronic or written form. The country is already gathering a larger volume of data on buildings, embedded systems and their energy consumption, planned and implementated EE and RES measures. All those data are unconnected and managed seperately. The current extent of data from publicly accessible databases allows only limited precision of mapping and therefore any reliable planning is not possible, especially at the local level. In order to guarantee and maintain sufficiently accurate and quality heat maps in the future, the research project will set out rules for the systematical collection, preparation and access to data at national and local level. It is estimated that the appropriate period for updating data at the level of the building level is from three to five years, since in that period the volume of changes is large enough to exceed this uncertainty of the results of the analysis. Other data should be monitored more frequently, preferably at least on annual basis. The starting point for the creation of a data model are going to be the overview and analysis of existing databases related to the use and production of energy, the creation of a set of characteristic data by types of input energy sources and the analysis of approaches for updating data or methods of data capture and possible system interfaces. The aim of the research project is to provide a methodology that will enable the production of a heat map at a technical level. Thus it will be enabled to obtain a clearer picture of the use of heat in buildings and to further prepare a transparent documents that links all existing factors in the system (centralized and decentralized) supply into one heat map. The methodology will include appropriate methods that will connect data from different databases, further iterative process of data mapping will include several steps: data capture, processing, structuring of the database and final review (for the purpose of error detection and duplication). The final goal of the research project proposal is to address further steps in developing the heat map and its exploitation, as well as the concept of its maintaining. Key stakeholders will be identified and recommendations for the use will be proposed for them in order to use the heat map for better and more comprehensive planning and policy design in the field of heating, cooling, etc. at national, local and project level. The research work will include seven work packages. First, a review of the current state of the databases and their capture will be done. The current extent of data from publicly accessible collections allows only limited precision of mapping and does not allow for reliable planning, especially not at the local level. In order to be able to produce or maintain sufficiently precise and high quality heat maps in the future, it would be necessary to lay down rules for the collection, preparation and access to data at the systemic, national level, and for this to prepare appropriate methodological starting points, the content interconnectivity between different sources. The quality and accuracy of the heat map depends on the relevance and promptness of the information it contains. Therefore, it is essential that the data that make up the heat card are regularly updated, since the map will only be the appropriate basis for monitoring and planning of energy use. For the thermal maps, the appropriate frequency of updates is the key, the clear responsibility for the custody of individual data sources, the limitation of data and their use, and the definition of the data format and their connectivity. An iterat
Significance for science
The research which will carried out by the project team is  very important for the use of research results in the development of a user model for system applications in energy, in system algorithms for determining energy consumption and efficient energy potentials in buildings and services sector, monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions, assessing of progress towards achieving set objectives and adopting of additional measures to energy efficiency improvement, as well as  increasing the utilization of renewable resources at regional and national level. An important contribution to the development in this field presents  also the systemic analysis of existing different databases and the approach to their integration and the transferability of data from different sources into a new interconnecting database for specific purposes: identifying the needs or consumption of energy in a particular field, calculation of greenhouse gases emissions, assessment of the share of renewable energy sources in the energy balance of the building or in a certain geographical area. Research will also be closely linked to the research program of the research group "Modelling and environmental impact assessment of processes and energy technologies", as well as related research projects within the EU research program H2020. This will allow the use of already developed methods and procedures and give the opportunity to compare the results between different countries. - Within the proposed project, new procedures will be developed and put into practice to evaluate and link different databases on energy use, buildings, environment and energy systems for heating and cooling. This will significantly contribute to a better understanding of the problems for local communities and the country. A good assessment of impacts is a prerequisite for finding suitable solutions.
Significance for the country
Use of research results in the field of linking different databases of energy consumption, renewable sources, buildings, geographic data and others has an important role in the preparation of strategic energy plans, which contribute to the long-term development of carbon-free energy supply and other energy and climate goals. Results of the project will influence the preparation of the main strategic documents, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy sources action plans, and operational program for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The project will provide additional information, necessary for adopting measures for the transition to low-carbon heating and cooling. Results of the project will also include recommendations to the user of research, the local community and national policy makers for the systematic approach in planning and implementation of national and local energy plans in the field of heating and cooling. . The project will have a very positive impact on the preparation of different reports on determining the current situation and the level of fulfilling Slovenia's obligations regarding the efficient use of energy, renewable resources, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. For the efficient use of energy, it is reasonable to plan the integration between heating and / or cooling systems and other systems with heat waste or excess of cooling in a particular geographical area. The project will have a very positive role in the development of such plans, because the results of the project will enable a simplified use of the basic and useable data for designing and implementation of this integration (linking between different databases of consumption/ demand and availability of heat and cooling within a particular area).
Most important scientific results Annual report 2018, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2018, final report
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