Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

SmartCoDe facilitates transition toward renewable energy

07.05.2012
Video clip demonstrates how private households and small businesses benefit

The edacentrum, an Institution advancing research and development in the area of Electronic Design Automation, has produced an informative video clip demonstrating SmartCoDe’s mode of operation.

The English language demonstration explains comprehensibly how SmartCoDe incorporates the local generation of renewable energies and makes predictions for energy management. The energy management balances the local power consumption which releases the grid of local peak loads.

One of today’s main challenges is carbon dioxide reduction. Up to 40% of Europe’s total energy consumption stem from smaller buildings and groups of buildings. The SmartCoDe project positions itself between private consumers and local power generation. It focuses on the reduction of this energy usage by means of information and communication technology (ICT). SmartCoDe enables communication on a global level: The local energy management acts as an interface to the global grid and can adapt its behaviour to the grid’s requirements. The prerequisite is the approval of the end customer and the availability of control information from the energy supplier..

“This insightful video clip is supposed to raise awareness of this trend-setting technology. We are convinced that it is necessary to make energy management available to private households as well, and this is the goal of the EU project SmartCoDe”, affirms Wolfgang Rosenstiel, chairman of the edacentrum. Intelligent energy management is supposed to help controlling various energy consuming devices in private households and to integrate local renewable electricity provider.

At the heart of SmartCoDe is a highly integrated chip which can be integrated as a compact module in as many different household devices as possible. This allows not only for acquisition of end user data but also for intelligent action, controlled by a central energy management system. The chip is a System-in-Package module (SiP), developed as a prototype by Infineon Technologies and the project partners within the SmartCoDe network.

Saving Power with ICT
At CeBIT 2012 in Hannover, edacentrum demonstrated the technological premises for the change-over to renewable energy sources within the framework of the research project SmartCoDe at the joint booth of the European Commission. The central issue was the importance of microelectronics for the area of renewable energy sources and its relevance for the change-over towards such energy sources. Until the end of this year the eight project partners intend to provide the proof-of-concept with a SmartCoDe demonstrator. The results of the project SmartCoDe are going to facilitate energy management in buildings and neighbourhoods at very low additional non-recurring costs.

Ms Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European commission visited the booth in the course of her tour of CeBIT in order to receive first-hand information on SmartCoDe. Ms Kroes was shown a live demonstration of the SmartCoDe project which brings intelligent energy management to consumers and co-ordinates power-using appliances with a special focus on security and privacy. The proposed concept enables significant power savings. The EU commissioner was especially interested in the SiP chip module which demonstrated ostensively the significance of microelectronics as a key enabling technology for solving the problems of the 21st century.

As of now, the video clip is available on the project website (https://www.fp7-smartcode.eu) and on YouTube (http://youtu.be/rN0HvT-bgQ4).


About SmartCoDe:
The project SmartCoDe is being funded within the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Program (FP7). Its major aim is balancing and reducing the power usage of small buildings and neighbourhoods in order to pave the way for energetically neutral or even energetically positive local power grids. This STREP project (Specific Targeted Research Project) is planned for a duration of three years and started in January 2010. It receives funding from the programme “ICT-2009” in the area “ICT support to energy-positive buildings and neighbourhoods”. In total, there are eight partners from five European countries working together.

About edacentrum e.V.
The edacentrum, founded in September 2001, is the central contact point for issues related to electronic design automation. As a joint initiative of industry, academic research and the German ministry of education and research BMBF it is supposed to advance the creation of an EDA network and accelerate the automation of chip design. Among the members are companies like Atmel, Bosch, Infineon, Nokia and Philips. With an initial funding by the BMBF, edacentrum is going to coordinate projects with an approved total volume of about 140 million Euro.

Contact for press and reader enquiries:
Peter Neumann
edacentrum GmbH
Schneiderberg 32
D-30167 Hannover
neumann@edacentrum.de
Phone +49 511 762-19383
Fax +49 511 762-19695

Dr. Dieter Treytnar | idw
Further information:
http://www.edacentrum.de
http://youtu.be/rN0HvT-bgQ4

More articles from Power and Electrical Engineering:

nachricht Researchers measure near-perfect performance in low-cost semiconductors
18.03.2019 | Stanford University

nachricht Robot arms with the flexibility of an elephant’s trunk
18.03.2019 | Universität des Saarlandes

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: The taming of the light screw

DESY and MPSD scientists create high-order harmonics from solids with controlled polarization states, taking advantage of both crystal symmetry and attosecond electronic dynamics. The newly demonstrated technique might find intriguing applications in petahertz electronics and for spectroscopic studies of novel quantum materials.

The nonlinear process of high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in gases is one of the cornerstones of attosecond science (an attosecond is a billionth of a...

Im Focus: Magnetic micro-boats

Nano- and microtechnology are promising candidates not only for medical applications such as drug delivery but also for the creation of little robots or flexible integrated sensors. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have created magnetic microparticles, with a newly developed method, that could pave the way for building micro-motors or guiding drugs in the human body to a target, like a tumor. The preparation of such structures as well as their remote-control can be regulated using magnetic fields and therefore can find application in an array of domains.

The magnetic properties of a material control how this material responds to the presence of a magnetic field. Iron oxide is the main component of rust but also...

Im Focus: Self-healing coating made of corn starch makes small scratches disappear through heat

Due to the special arrangement of its molecules, a new coating made of corn starch is able to repair small scratches by itself through heat: The cross-linking via ring-shaped molecules makes the material mobile, so that it compensates for the scratches and these disappear again.

Superficial micro-scratches on the car body or on other high-gloss surfaces are harmless, but annoying. Especially in the luxury segment such surfaces are...

Im Focus: Stellar cartography

The Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument (PEPSI) at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona released its first image of the surface magnetic field of another star. In a paper in the European journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, the PEPSI team presents a Zeeman- Doppler-Image of the surface of the magnetically active star II Pegasi.

A special technique allows astronomers to resolve the surfaces of faraway stars. Those are otherwise only seen as point sources, even in the largest telescopes...

Im Focus: Heading towards a tsunami of light

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have proposed a way to create a completely new source of radiation. Ultra-intense light pulses consist of the motion of a single wave and can be described as a tsunami of light. The strong wave can be used to study interactions between matter and light in a unique way. Their research is now published in the scientific journal Physical Review Letters.

"This source of radiation lets us look at reality through a new angle - it is like twisting a mirror and discovering something completely different," says...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

International Modelica Conference with 330 visitors from 21 countries at OTH Regensburg

11.03.2019 | Event News

Selection Completed: 580 Young Scientists from 88 Countries at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

01.03.2019 | Event News

LightMAT 2019 – 3rd International Conference on Light Materials – Science and Technology

28.02.2019 | Event News

 
Latest News

Solving the efficiency of Gram-negative bacteria

22.03.2019 | Life Sciences

Bacteria bide their time when antibiotics attack

22.03.2019 | Life Sciences

Open source software helps researchers extract key insights from huge sensor datasets

22.03.2019 | Information Technology

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>