In SECAI (Sustainable heating through Edge-Cloud-based AI systems), which is based on the previous findings of the smart living lighthouse project ForeSight, the heating requirements of private housing will be analysed based on AI methods in order to create optimized heating plans for building complexes and apartments that are adapted to the needs of tenants and landlords. For this purpose, an edge-cloud-based AI system for decentralized heating control is being developed, which can be installed in existing buildings by retro-fitting.
In the context of the current energy crisis and long-term climate targets, the approach that is to be explored in SECAI, promises high potential for saving heating energy in a resource-efficient and cost-effective way. The technology is intended to be quickly available and applicable at short notice.
The project's consortium partners are Connectivity Solutions GmbH, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI), the Research Association for Electrical Engineering at ZVEI e.V., Goethe University Frankfurt, GSW Sigmaringen and Strategion GmbH. The latter is not only a development partner but also the consortium leader and has received the award on behalf of the consortium today, Monday, August 29, 2022, at the Days of Digital Technologies. In addition, there are three associated partners already involved in the project: The Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen e.V. (GdW), the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) and the wibutler alliance e.V. Further partners are welcome to participate in the research project over the three-year course even after the project has started on October 1st, 2022.
The motivation for the SECAI research project
Sustainability, digital transformation, and an increasingly difficult economic and international environment are challenging business and society. In particular, the daily heating behaviour of German households is of central importance facing the challenge of climate change. Over 75 % of homes in Germany rely on the fossil fuels natural gas and oil for heating. Thus, the heating and cooling of buildings as well as the provision of hot water cause approximately 18 % of all CO2 emissions in Germany. The discussion on energy supply security and rising oil and gas prices that has accompanied Russia's war against Ukraine additionally highlights the acute and great need for action. Sustainable solutions are needed to reduce the consumption of heating energy on a broad scale in the short term. Conventional methods such as installing insulation are often too lengthy and costly.