UN COP21 Mission Innovation

Buildings Evolved participate in Public-Private Round Table at UN COP21 Mission Innovation 3 Conference in Malmo, Sweden.

 

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Buildings Evolved was proud to have been selected by CSIRO to attend the Mission Innovation 3 (or MI-3) conference in Malmo, Sweden between 22-24 May 2018, with Director and Technology Strategist Arne Hansen attending the event. Our Mission: to provide input to the World Economic Forum’s public-private round table tackling Clean Tech, specifically the “Global Affordable Heating and Cooling Challenge“.

Buildings Evolved were brought to the conference to discuss concrete means to accelerate clean energy innovation.

Malmo is one of those cities that has undergone incredibly rapid transformation thanks to the Oresund Bridge which opened in the year 2000. Following that, enormous amounts of investment and the establishment of a university have completely changed the culture of a former industrial city into that of a highly educated and diverse community where much of Sweden’s R&D efforts are now being focused due to the proximity to Denmark and Germany. Malmo and Copenhagen (for the subsequent Clean Energy Ministerial event) made a perfect backdrop to discuss innovations in clean-tech as this area is internationally recognised as being a world leader in the adoption of sustainable technologies.

The Mission Innovation framework for action resides under the Paris COP21 agreement, with 23 member states (and the EU) from the main agreement forming the core of this R&D initiative with participants pledging to double their public spend on research into Clean Tech. Mission Innovation seeks to provide a collaborative global framework, with each member state identifying areas of R&D that they wish to take a lead on, with support from other member nations. This ensures that efforts are not duplicated between participants and that rapid action to alleviate global emissions is achieved.

With Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning  (HVAC) systems exploding across the developing world, critical thought has to be given to how we can both make HVAC affordable and sustainable in the long term. Traditional HVAC systems are disconnected systems that operate in isolation. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that changing to a connected and smart model of control could net savings in electrical demand of up to 50% and electrical consumption of up to 30%. Furthermore, the HVAC systems, being a major consumer of electricity, will be able to operate in a “buildings to grid” model, where the building and it’s subsystems are responsive to broader electrical grid issues, creating a bi-directional grid. The building is able to participate in demand response actions, network together demand into a virtual power plant, amongst many other options.

Australia has taken the lead role of building a “buildings to grid” Data Clearing House (DCH) as part of the Affordable Heating and Cooling Challenge (iHub).

The DCH software platform concept is for owners and operators of existing or new commercial, industrial, government, and mixed-use developments designed to solve common data related problems. The DCH is a consolidated, horizontally integrated data platform that collects, processes and securely shares smart building data. By making smart building data more accessible, the DCH will drive innovation amongst a broad ecosystem of participating service providers, leading to better products, increased competition, lower prices and an increased value proposition for participants.

Other components of this Affordable Heating and Cooling Challenge (iHub):

  • Thermal Energy Storage
  • Heat Pumps
  • Non-atmospheric heat sinks and sources
  • Predictive maintenance and control optimization
  • Physiological studies of thermal comfort

The DCH component is a critical part of the challenge, as it is a cross-cutting solution that binds all other elements together and provides measurement and KPIs against business as usual approaches.

‘A large portion of the property industry struggle with accessing their own data and see this problem as significantly impacting upon operations’. Watch this space for progress on the DCH – driving solutions to common problems in building management.

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