Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (Coordinator)

HFT The coordinator Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (University of Applied Sciences) combines two important research groups: The Sustainable Energy Technology Centre established in 2002 and directed by coordinator Prof. Dr. habil. Ursula Eicker, conducts research into highly efficient urban energy concepts. Expertise in building physics and energy supply technologies, control and automation, enables the optimisation of building planning and operation. The centre owns building physics and energy monitoring equipment, building management system platforms and all relevant simulation tools (Fluent, TRNSYS, Insel, Matlab, Labview...).

The Centre for Geodesy and Applied Informatics, led by Prof. Dr. Volker Coors is carrying out research on large- scale 3D urban modelling, 3D geo-spatial infrastructures and mobile location-based services. The research is focussed in the development and implementation of algorithms for control, development, implementation and integration of simulation tools. The Centre has extensive experience on semi-automated data capturing and modelling, 3D urban database modelling and data integration, web-service infrastructure and web-based and mobile visualisation. Within the CI-NERGY project, two ESRs based in the two cities will closely cooperate to develop 3D software architectures for smart city modelling and will be supported by an ER post-doc with extensive know-how on 3D modelling.


Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL the Industrial Energy Systems Laboratory (LENI) at the School of Engineering (STI) of EPFL carries out education, research and technology transfer at highest international level. EPFL works at the forefront of R&D in renewable energy conversion and urban system integration. Its expertise is in teaching and research are related to the field of computer aided process and energy conversion systems analysis and synthesis, application of computer based methods for the analysis, the design and the optimisation of industrial processes and efficient energy conversion systems.

Major topics offered by EPFL for support to the fellows are: process integration techniques, exergy analysis, process modelling and thermo-economic optimisation, process synthesis methodologies, application and development of computer aided process engineering methods such as data reconciliation, simulation, process integration, mixed integer linear and non-linear programming, multi-objective optimisation, microgrid integration and virtual power plants concepts.


Électricité de France / European Institute for Energy Research (EDF / EIFER)

EDF (Electricite de France) is a major electricity supplier in Europe, and works in all fields related to electricity, from the production to the end-use. Atop providing electricity and gas to its customers, EDF also offers energy efficiency services. EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research) is a joint research institute established between EDF and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). It has a very strong background in methodologies and software for advanced local energy planning; management of local/regional databases (needs, uses, technologies, available resources); and application of tools and databases on case studies. The capacities, from which the CI-NERGY projects will directly take benefit, are: cities diagnosis on energy production/consumption and GHG, urban dynamics, mobility and energy demand modelling, simulation based prediction from neighbourhood to regional scale, RES resources potential evaluation, energy supply through the development of distributed energy solution, and economic evaluation of impact on climate and environment.

  • M.Sc. Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Koch
  • Dipl.-Ing. Markus Peter


    Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES)

    IES are software developers of the integrated building performance modelling software system the . As such IES have experience in the development and application of design tools to enhance building performance, and create more sustainable cities. The IES is a suite of building performance modelling tools based around a single integrated data model. The purpose of the system is to provide high quality information required to design, build and operate better performing, more sustainable communities. Moreover, IES acts as an educator by training and accrediting customers, and working with students and academic institutions to support teaching of performance analysis as part of sustainable architecture and engineering courses. IES will be the main full training partner for software technology and architecture know-how.

    • Ruth Kerrigan
    • David McEwan

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        The University ofNottingham (UNOTT)

        The Department of Architecture and Built Environment of NOTT is a leading centre for teaching in architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technologies. The department is particularly noted for its innovative work in green issues and sustainability, and attracts leading experts from practice and industry. Research that is undertaken within the University addresses issues of global importance in the area of sustainable and affordable energy technologies. Much of the work is cross-disciplinary (chemical, mechanical and materials engineering, chemistry and maths) and multi-agency. It has outstanding facilities for applied work as well as computational studies, and has internationally recognised expertise in a variety of areas. The Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology (ISET) will provide four fully equipped and inhabited eco-homes with high time resolution monitoring of electrical appliances and user behaviour, which will be directly used by the ESR responsible for appliance models.

        • Prof. Dr. Darren Robinson

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            Politecnico Di Torino (POLITO)

            POLITO The research group at POLITO belongs to the Department of Energy TEBE research unit. TEBE has a strong commitment on different topics dealing with the building physics and the energy efficiency in buildings. In particular, recent research themes focused on the energy analysis and labelling of buildings, innovative building envelope technologies (active envelopes), storage strategies and technologies, energy modelling and optimization. The group has laboratory facilities and infrastructure for both numerical and experimental activities in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. Expertise on most popular dynamic energy software (Energy Plus, TRNSYS, IES) and capacities of developing numerical models in various environment (Matlab, Simulink) provide the necessary skills to train and support the fellows. The laboratory facilities spans from monitoring systems (energy and indoor environmental quality), tracer gas systems, test cells and thermostatic chambers. Many lines of research under way in the TEBE group fall within the topics proposed in the CI-NERGY project and will strongly support the fellows in their activity.

            • Prof. Dr. Marco Perino

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                SIEMENS AG (headquartered in Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry and energy sectors. Corporate Technology plays a key role in R&D at Siemens. CT covers a wide range of global technologies including materials, microsystems, production methods, software, engineering, power, sensors, automation, information and communication and off-grid energy. Siemens is actively participating in the SmartGrids Technology Platform and has also worked in several T&D related FP5 and FP6. The expertise in the field of Intelligent Autonomous Systems, especially Agent Technologies, of decentralized coordination mechanisms for smart power grid design, of intelligent situation recognition algorithms as well as market-based coordination mechanisms for smart power grids will perfectly fit with the capacities required for developing the proposed PhD training.

                • Michael Watzke

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                    University College Dublin (NUID UCD)

                    UCD University College Dublin has a long standing research track record in the energy field, with particular strengths in the following areas: building energy analysis/systems, low energy buildings, building energy supply, electrical grid research, building demand response research, renewable energy and solar energy systems. A broad range of experimental facilities are available for the CI-NERGY program: InfraRed Thermography, Wind Tunnel, Temperature Controlled Chamber/ Environment, Weather Station, Artificial Sky, Tracer Gas, Building Pressurisation, Air-Tightness Testing, Building and System Data Logging and Instrumentation. As far as software/Simulation facilities are concerned, UCD is very well resourced to provide research expertise and training courses to the CI-NERGY network (Building Energy - EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, Design Builder, ESPr, Finite Element/Computational Fluid Dynamics - Ansys, CFX, Fluent).

                    • Dr. Donal Finn

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                        Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

                        AIT works in very close collaboration with industry and customers from public institutions, striving to increase their added value through innovation and new technologies. The AIT is a highly-specialised R+D partner focusing on key infrastructure issues of the future. The Energy Department of AIT covers the research areas Energy for the built environment and Electric energy Infrastructure. The group expertise spans from stochastic models to simulate the impact of occupant behaviour on buildings’ to thermal processes analysis (e.g. waste heat usage) with a focus on district heating networks. The capacities of AIT in the field of Energy efficient buildings (passive, active and controls related), Simulation and modelling of district energy systems, Renewable energy resources (mainly solar thermal energy and photovoltaic) and Electrical smart grids (modelling, simulation and experimental testing) will provide very suitable support to the CI-NERGY network.