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Intelligent Energy Management within the Smart Cities – An EU-GCC cooperation opportunity
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Smart Energy Cities are expected to play a key role in the implementation of Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU’s growth strategy for the current decade, and its flagship initiatives, as well as to address a number of challenges towards the European Union (EU) 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy. Moreover, the greatest EU Research and Innovation programme, the Horizon 2020 Programme, has as one of the main objectives the Energy Challenge through the implementation of smart European electricity grids, the reduction of energy consumption and the utilization of energy and ICT innovation technologies on a city level. Intelligent energy management, though the efficient exploitation of the Internet of Things (IoT) is considered to be a top priority in this respect.
In the GCC region, there are strong governmental programs for extended smart energy deployment, while a number of smart cities projects exist already and numerous new smart energy city initiatives are planned for the near future. Moreover, researchers are strongly interested in these fields and respective assessments and comparisons between smart GCC cities are available in the literature. A general remark, regarding all GCC countries, is that intelligent energy management within these smart cities is not yet well established and respective systems are still in their infancy.
The aim of this paper is to present a novel approach for exploiting multidisciplinary data within a smart city context, towards the creation of energy management action plans. The added value is the “data-driven” approach that encounters the inherent barriers of the analytical, simulation based tools, which are building/ sector specific, enabling thus the “plug in” of different infrastructures that generate streams of data, their semantic modelling and further processing, through inference rules, to produce short-term actions. The presented approach is realized in a web based decision support system, titled OPTIMUS DSS, which can support energy managers and city authorities for managing their building facilities’ energy performance.
The study will also analyze the related key factors and propose areas of common interest, fostering effective EU-GCC clean energy cooperation in a city level, by using such an innovative approach for supplying energy more effectively and efficiently, in terms of costs, environmental footprint and/or social impacts. The study will be supported by the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network II, which aims to act as a catalyst and element of coordination for the development of cooperation on clean energy, including the related policy and technology aspects among EU and GCC stakeholders. In this respect, the analysis will lay emphasis on the specific features of the concerned regions (EU & GCC), the framework of the wider EU-GCC cooperation, the policies of the EU and the GCC members and relevant activities/ projects.