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A Vieira & Lopes in the SATO Project

Seven million to invest in a digital platform for better energy performance. 

Vieira & Lopes is part of the project named SATO, which stands for “Self-Assessment Towards Optimization of Building Energy” approved last May by the Horizon 2020 program. SATO project is worth more than 7 million euros, of which 5 million are related to the Portuguese budget. 

SATO project tackles the challenge to create an energy self-assessment and optimization SATO platform able to integrate all energy-consuming equipment and devices in the building. 

SATO will make it possible to overcome the existing flaws on the current energy efficiency for buildings evaluation. While it does not reflect the realtime operation of a building, it also leaves out the consumption variation triggered by component deterioration, different configurations or operating regimes of equipment.   

The days are numbered for current energy performance evaluation based on energy consumption projections. The novel SATO platform will be able to monitor the energy-consuming equipment and deliver real-time consumption for each during its whole lifecycle. The system will also detect expenditure deviation resulting from equipment malfunction of component failure.  

Energy performance certificates will also be able to include information related to computers, household appliances or electric-powered cars charging, which currently are accountable for a significant portion of energetic expenditure.  

SATO project tackles the challenge to create an energy self-assessment and optimization SATO platform able to integrate all energy-consuming equipment and devices of the building. 

SATO project research is divided into three stages over the next three years. 1st phase will implement a financially viable wholistic solution to assess energetic performance for the building and all energy-consuming equipment. 2nd step will be dedicated to energy management services aiming optimization for each user. The third phase refers to tests to be taken into 8 pilot buildings located in three different regions os Europe.   

Under Ciências ULisboa – Associação para o Desenvolvimento de ciências – coordination the SATO project links 16 partners, amongst academy, public sector and private companies located in Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Spain, Germany, Greece and Switzerland.    

Reporting entities are Politecnico Milano and Aalborg University;  EDPSonae (Worten)Siemens ( Portuguese and Austria delegation), Vieira & LopesCYPE SOFTKnaufXTEL Wireless AppsCore Innovation and Technology e EK Energiekonzepte AGAgência Municipal de Energia do Seixal, Municipality of Milan and Frederikshavn Boligforening housing cooperative.

Vieira & Lopes, also a project beneficiary, pertains the private companies panel as an HVAC specialist, developer and manufacturer of ventilation, air purification and acclimatization equipment, as well as central management systems for buildings.  

The multidisciplinary team will give birth to a platform, coordinated both by Professor Guilherme Carrilho da Graça, from Departamento de Engenharia Geográfica, Geofísica e Energia of Ciências ULisboa and researcher from  Instituto Dom Luiz and Professor Pedro Ferreira, from Departamento de Informática, researcher from LASIGE from Ciências ULisboa.

The intersection between different scientific areas will, along the next three years, apply Internet of things principles and technologies, artificial intelligence and cloud computing to develop and test the novel systems and evaluation models for optimization. The outcome will be a tridimensional cloud interface for real-time visualization of the whole complex energy consumption and equipment optimization.

The platform will interactively merge real-time performance and consumption at the same time, and same space – and undeniable contribution, not just for household and corporate savings, but mostly for the planet’s sustainability.

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