IES Succeeds in Winning Ten New European Funded Research Projects

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IES R&D helps to create new innovations for future of sustainable buildings and cities.

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Success of this volume in European research funding is highly unusual for a SME. We’ve invested a lot of time and effort to enhance our R&D efforts and it is paying off.

IES has announced its recent success in winning ten European funded Research and Development projects. The projects worth four million euros over three to four years are concerned with creating new innovative technology and solutions for Masterplanning, Smart Cities, Retrofit and Real-Time Control. Funded by the European Commission’s FP7 scheme, Marie Curie and Cost Action, the projects will see the company take on more than twenty staff.

The projects are concerned with four different aspects of energy efficient building and city development. These are:

Masterplanning – To bring urban design, operation and the smart city together, IES is creating decision support tools for city architects and urban planners with respect to how to design their city and its subsystems in a holistic manner, which takes into account all aspects of the city, i.e. buildings, water, waste, transport, electricity grid etc. The tool will be designed for use at any stage of a city’s urban development.

Smart Cities – With a focus on how a city can operate intelligently, the R&D team are investigating the interactions between a portfolio of buildings, the electricity grid and Renewable Energy Technologies. This includes taking real-time data from the city via smart meters and other installed systems and creating a real-time city model of its operating systems. Demand response and tariff analysis are included to optimise the interactions and connections of buildings at district level.

Real-Time Building Control - Here IES research focuses on how the simulation environment can be exploited to intelligently control the building. This includes investigation into Model Based Control for Fault Detection Identification Analysis, Optimisation of the Building while in use and Predictive Control based on future weather data. The IESVE will be used as the operational model which controls the building while it is in-use.

Retrofit - Research for retrofit design and decision making focuses on how to use simulation to adapt and upgrade existing buildings to be sustainable and energy efficient throughout their lifetime. This also exploits an operational model of the building, created so that various systems and solutions can be virtually trialled to a high degree of accuracy before they are installed in the building. The aim is to provide tools that will assess the way in which current buildings are operated and help find solutions that will be adaptable over time, as well as for performance contracting.

Widely considered as the world leader in building performance analytics, IES’ R&D division has flourished over the last two years, with five projects already complete each with products in commercialisation. It also has five projects currently on-going. Over the course of the new European funded projects IES will work with over one hundred partners from twenty two countries around the world.

“Success of this volume in European research funding is highly unusual for a SME,” says Dr Don McLean, Founder and Managing Director, IES. “We’ve invested a lot of time and effort to enhance our R&D efforts and it is paying off. I believe that our uniquely powerful combination of expertise and technology is a major reason we have been so successful.”

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