The Swedish Pilot
The Swedish SMART CAMPUS pilot is located in a city named Luleå, at Scandinavia’s northern most technical university named LTU -Luleå University of Technology.
The city of Luleå is situated one hour by airplane north of the Swedish capital Stockholm. Luleå is a mining and IT technology city with 47 000 habitants. Recently, there was a buzz about the city in the world press, since it was the location chosen by Facebook to build its first data centre outside the US. The data centre is now being finalised just a couple of hundred meters from the university campus. LTU has about 16 000 students from all across Sweden, studying in different programmes deeply related and committed with technology and innovation.
The city of Luleå, Sweden. The LTU campus is in the front of the picture.
The project partner CDT
At the university, a research center named CDT – Center for Distance spanning Technology, also has its location. The aim of CDT is mainly to bring research at the university together with the industry as well as the society. This is done in projects like the SMART CAMPUS project.
The LTU campus in March 2012.
Luleå has a subarctic climate with long cold winters and short summers. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the region has a much warmer climate than many other cities on the same latitude as well as many cities much further south. There is midnight sun in the summer and almost complete darkness in the winter time. Here, the year has four distinct seasons with temperatures ranging from as much as +30 degrees on a hot summer day to down below – 30 degrees during a very dark and cold winter night.
Our Three Pilots
The key objective in our pilots is to improve the well-being and energy efficiency at the LTU-CDT premises preferably covering all four seasons. This will be done by using ICT solutions for monitoring and adjust, in real-time, the current usage of the building and ICT systems that can learn from and adjust to normal user behavioral schemes. With a Living Labs approach we will involve the campus students already in the beginning of the pilot by coming up with ideas in the area of how to save energy and to think of new features for intelligent buildings interacting with the intelligent energy management system.
At the moment we are investigating which three pilot areas will be chosen for the SMART CAMPUS project. Nothing is decided yet, but this is our thoughts at the moment:
1. The first pilot will include two larger office areas (12 work places), 2 small conference rooms including computers, displays, etc. Focus will be on electricity regarding lights, computers, displays, printers and other equipment. The intelligent system will take into consideration intelligent building openings, namely intelligent doors, windows, shutters, etc. The use of LED lights, motion sensors, sensors for the incidence of the sunlight, etc will be used to save energy.
2. The second pilot might include two PC labs, using both a monitoring systems to turn on/off equipment depending on the number of students using the lab rooms as well as trying to guide the students by changing their behavior to use only one PC room instead of both of them at the same time, making it possible to shut one room down during parts of the day.
3. The third pilot will be chosen by the LTU students.
Other pilot ideas
Possibly, we might also do a pilot in the area of Intelligent car heating systems. For those of you not familiar with long and cold winters, car heating is used by most people during winter in the region. (And by the word “winter”, we mean the months spanning from October to April. ) Normally, a car heating system has a power of 1000-2000 W and it is used with a timer, making it possible to turn the heating system on up to two hours before you are actually going to use the car. More could definitely be done in this area to both make this system more intelligent, as well as making it more flexible and user friendly.
Yet another idea we have is to see how we can save energy in the campus outside environment, specifically regarding the LED lights that are turned on during most parts of the day as well as night at winter time.
To sum up, we have lots of possibilities to save energy and there are many things that needs to be done to make LTU a greener campus!
If you would like to know more:
A video showing the LTU campus and the northern parts of Sweden:
A video about the city of Luleå:
More videos in LTU’s channel in Youtube.