Energy concept for the E.ON ERC main building

Fütterer, Johannes Peter (Corresponding author); Constantin, Ana (Author)

Aachen / E.ON Energy Research Center (2014) [Report]

Page(s): 80 S.


Within this project, we developed an energy concept for the new E.ON ERC main building. During the building’s construction phase, we assisted the implementation of the energy concept and implemented an user-added monitoring system. Together with a virtual server infrastructure, different data bases, data processing algorithms, and interfaces, this system became the monitoring, control and interface system (MCIS) which transformed the building into a control research demonstration bench. Enabled by the extensive data available,wewere able to build and validate several simulation models for the building and for technical building equipment. These models were then used to set-up and run test scenarios for the development and improvement of control strategies for different parts of the energy concept. Monitoring data analyses and simulation studies enabled extensive system assessment and optimization via gathered knowledge and system insights. From an control point of view, the project revealed serious defects which led to an high energy consumption. The optimization’s result was a completely new control strategy, which we implemented in February 2014. An online monitoring and data visualization system publishes daily, weekly, monthly and yearly building reports, integrated into the new E.ON ERC homepage. Further, a promotional display in the building’s reception area informs about actual data points. The implemented energy concept is able to fulfill all energy demands. Thermal comfort within the new building is more than acceptable. The MCIS is in full operation and provides highly resolved monitoring data. Several up-following projects are enabled by the MCIS and are already taking advantage of the system. With the help of the developed data processing framework it is possible to flexibly conduct assessments towards the energy conversion system, the energy distribution system, the energy usage and the thermal comfort.


  • URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:82-opus-50462