Edison
Improving Your Energy Efficiency Through Better Building Management

Programme Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
5th Call for Proposals of the ICT Policy Support Programme (PSP) 2011 as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP)
Call: CIP-ICT-PSP-2011-5
Objective: 1.2- ICT for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings
Funding instruments: Pilot actions Type B
Duration 1st January 2012 – 31th December 2014
Participants Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (Italy)
SIELTE SA (Romania)
TSITALIA (Italy)
BK TELEMATICS LTD (Greece)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL (Belgium)
FONDAZIONE IDIS-CITTÀ DELLA SCIENZA (Italy)
Comune di Lettomanoppello (Italy)
Comune di Manoppello (Italy)
Comune di Roccamontepiano (Italy)
SEMPLE & MCKILLOP LTD (UK)
ANCITEL SPA (Italy)
ENEL SOLE srl (Italy)
TRAFFIC OBSERVATION VIA MANAGEMENT LTD (UK)
SOUTHERN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST (UK)
Web Site www.project-edison.eu/

 

EDISON project aims to demonstrate, under real operational conditions, the effectiveness of a smart lighting system, eventually integrated with photovoltaic (PV) systems, which allows a significant reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions in public buildings (e. g. schools, museums, administrative offices, hospitals, etc.), also reducing the building maintenance costs.

These goals can be achieved making use of an intelligent ICT based control and automation system that relies on sensors and control-actuators, intensively positioned in the space of a building, a group of buildings, etc. and uses part of the existing lighting infrastructure as cabled data link, without significant reconstruction works or investments in new infrastructures.

The EDISON solution, implemented in seven Pilot Actions, is based on the use of Solid State Lamps (SSLs) combined with a particular method of providing power to them, in order to realize a Smart Energy Platform (SEP), mainly aimed at realizing an efficient lighting system. The SEP accommodates advanced ICT components and systems (e.g. smart metering, power electronics, mechanical/electrical sensors and actuators, etc.), which are designed to directly contribute to reducing energy losses and consumption.
It integrates, in the same electrical power supply infrastructure, data originated in ICT components and systems, with the aim of implementing an highly accurate motion detection and control of individual lights and interacting with lighting control modules, sensors and actuators, giving evidence of the energy saving results, efficiency, real-time operation maximizing energy savings without distracting occupants.
A key feature of EDISON project is to create on the existing lighting power infrastructure “a DC low Voltage Lighting Power Distribution Network” which allows the direct connection with renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or other native DC alternative energy sources, consequently boosting the correspondent markets.

The EDISON Pilot Actions intend to validate the effectiveness of the proposed ICT solution for smart lighting through the integration of hardware and software components selected over a range of cutting edge technologies and solutions based on existing off-the-shelf ICT components, each one investigated and appropriately deployed in the Pilot trials.
The Pilots, implemented in three different countries (Italy, Belgium and UK) and in diverse contexts of real life conditions (schools, museums, administrative offices, hospitals), serve as showcases to this solution, mainly to facilitate its wider uptake and replication, not only in public contexts, but also in buildings which present architectural constraints like historical ones.
Measurement and analysis tools, as well as metering indicators of energy performance, will be provided as a result of a synergetic collaboration with similar CIP projects.