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Project ​Partners​​

In order to achieve the objectives of the E2District project, a well-balanced consortium has been assembled representing key stakeholders within the DHC value chain from equipment manufacturers (UTC/UTRC), DHC operators (VEOLIA/VERI) to building systems integrators (ACCIONA), as well as centres of excellence in the area of building modelling and simulation (CSTB), and information and communication technologies (CIT). At an industrial level, the partners represent the whole value chain from construction to operation to end user of district heating and cooling systems. ​

To maximize the project impact, the consortium will engage regularly with the Stakeholder Advisory Board to ensure the successful deployment of all technical activities and the proper validation and demonstration of the project outcomes.

The E2District project will build on a number of related on-going projects such as FP7 COOPERATEEnergy-in-Time, RESILIENT and Tribute, where the partners CIT, UTRC, ACC and CSTB are already involved and collaborating.
CIT is E2District project coordinator and is represented in the project through its research centre, Nimbus . CIT has much experience and expertise in project coordination and, currently, the Nimbus Centre is also coordinating two FP7 projects in the area of ICT for energy efficiency. In addition to acting as coordinator for the E2District project, CIT is contributing to a number of the project objectives based on its expertise in ICT and cloud platform development, system integration, and energy management services. CIT's participation in the E2District project includes: 

  • Contributing to the system specification tasks in WP1.
  • Leading WP3 to develop a cloud-enabled ICT platform and provide a District Operation System with optimised functions for energy-efficient DHC system operation management.
  • Contributing to the validation of the ability of the District Optimisation Framework to achieve energy and CO2 savings through the provision of the CIT campus district as the primary evaluation and demonstration site for the project.
  • Contributing to the dissemination of results. 
UTRC Ireland's parent company, United Technologies Corporation, is the world’s largest integrated building systems manufacturer. UTRC Ireland has specific expertise in the area of building management and control and power systems modelling and design, as well as in software development for infrastructure security systems. Based on this expertise, UTRC Ireland's participation in the E2District Project includes:

  • Leading WP4 to develop intelligent self-learning controls and fault detection and diagnostics (FDD).
  • Contributing in WP2 to simulation technologies which, together with the intelligent self-learning controls, provide the optimal energy and cost efficient portfolio of production and distribution assets in the district. 
  • Supporting the validation of the ability of the District Optimisation Framework to achieve energy and CO2 savings in WP5.
  • Validating that the developed technologies can be replicated across the DHC market (in WP6). 
  
Veolia group is the global leader in optimised resource management. With over 174,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Veolia Research & Innovation plays a leading role in the improvement of performance, the development and creation of value for the Group and its customers. Research projects are focused essentially on:  optimising the energy usage of company facilities, developing alternative sources of energy (bioenergies, biomass, waste-to-energy, alternative fuels), seawater desalination and treatment process enhancement,  treatment and reuse of waste water, drinking water quality monitoring, microbiological contamination prevention, waste recycling and recovery,  smart cities management and their various flows using information technology. Based on these expertises, Veolia Reseach & Innovation's participation in the E2District project includes:

  • Leading WP1 where needs of stakeholders will be analysed, requirements, functional and technical specifications for tools or algorithms will be established, as well as the perimeter for which they will be developed.
  • Contributing to model development in WP2.
  • Contributing in WP3 to the development of intelligent self-learning controls and fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) technologies, by leading a specific task on production and distribution scheduling optimization.
  • Leading WP6 to validate that the developed technologies can be replicated across the DHC market on dissemination, exploitation and business model development.
  • Disseminating the energy benefits, business opportunities, impact analysis and methodology on how to achieve energy efficient DHC using the developed technologies to stakeholders (including the general public).

CSTB Scientific and Technical Centre for Construction is one of Europe’s foremost research organisations in construction and energy efficiency in the build environment.  CSTB influences national policy around energy efficiency in the build environment in France and also has an influence on European policy through its secretarial role in associations such as the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) and the E2BA (Energy-Efficient Buildings Association). CTSB's field of expertise covers construction products and buildings and their integration into districts and cities. Based on their expertise in modelling and simulation of buildings and building systems and technologies, CSTB's participation in the E2District Project includes:

  • Leading WP2 to build a District Simulation Platform to enable the selection of optimal energy and cost efficient portfolio of production and distribution assets in the district. 
  • Contributing to the requirements analysis and specification effort in WP1.
  • Contributing to the development of the District Operation System in WP3 and WP4.
  • Contributing to the demonstration of its energy performance in a living lab environment in WP5.
  • Validating that the developed technologies can be replicated across the DHC market in WP6.
  • Contributing to dissemination in WP6.
ACCIONA Infrastructure is one of Europe’s largest construction companies. Acciona's R&D Technological Centre focuses its research on areas such as Nanotechnology, New Construction Materials, ICT applied to construction and Energy Efficiency related technologies. Based on Acciona’s expertise in the energy efficiency area and specifically in effective integration of RES on buildings, design and development of microgrids and distributed generation concepts at building and district scale, its participation in the E2District project includes: 

  • Leading WP5 on the evaluation and demonstration to validate the ability of the District Optimisation Framework to achieve energy savings and CO2 savings by developing a prototype District Operation System and demonstrating its energy performance in a living lab environment targeting energy savings of 30% and CO2 savings of 35%. 
  • Contributing to WP1 on requirement analysis and specification.
  • Contributing to the modelling effort in WP2.
  • Contributing to dissemination, replication, and business case development in WP6.