The first developments as steps to pave the way.
After 12 months since the start of the SATO project, its progress is on track according to the original schedule. 15 High-Level Use Cases (HLUC) have been identified in five complementary areas of SATO: Monitoring, Self-Assessment and benchmarking, Visualization, Self-Optimization, and Control. In general, the 15 HLUCs have been set in order to showcase the benefits of the SATO platform and services.
The High-Level Use cases have been further divided into 37 Primary Use Cases. This will ensure the efficacy of the solutions’ implementation is secured and that all solutions can be applied and replicated in different scenarios. In addition, all use cases in the project pilots will undergo various tests for validation purposes. As seen in Figure 1 below, the SATO Platform will have a pivotal role to play, in all of the Use Cases. All the data generated externally (sensors and third-party data) and internally will be stored and distributed through the SATO Platform.
More specifically, one of the HLUCs will examine the connection between the SATO Platform and the building equipment and building components (EBC) that is set to receive real-time data of building performance and indoor conditions enabling SATO Self-Assessment Framework (SAF).
All this will be achieved through the SATO BMS and SATO APL. As a result of SAF, this will also aid the SATO Self-Optimization Services. The end goal here is to give everyone -from building tenants to building owners or facility managers access to data-driven assessments on the EBC performance and smartness through the SATO Platform & APP. This will assist in showcasing the building’s energy consumption and user behavior, thus increasing SATO users’ awareness on their energy consumption profiles while creating a shift towards sustainable behaviors.
Another HLUC will focus on the energy efficiency optimization actions applied to the static and dynamic elements of building fabric, technical building equipment, appliances, and V2G charger and batteries. For this purpose, SATO Self-Optimization Services will be implemented with the contributions received from the SATO SAF.
Taking five objectives into consideration: 1 – reduction of energy needs for heating, cooling, ventilation, domestic hot water, lighting; 2 – reduction of total primary energy use; 3 – optimization of energy efficiency of equipment; 4 – optimization of energy and capacity costs; and 5 – optimization of self-consumption, a strategy plan will be established where the SATO APP users will be able to set which strategy should be prioritized and then applied.
Finally, it is important to highlight that this work renders the possibility to oversee all the solutions planned in SATO together with the correlations between them, leading to a solution-centred architecture that allows consortium members and stakeholders to define the requirements for their solutions in respect to SATO characteristics and features.