VTT participates in a project with the goal of significantly improving the
energy efficiency of small and medium manufacturing industry. The industry
currently receives information on its energy consumption after the fact.
Intelligent technology enables the real-time measurement of energy
consumption, thus allowing an immediate reaction to abnormal consumption.
Sudden changes in energy consumption are often caused by problems in processes
or machinery. By combining energy metering data with data from production and
condition monitoring, the causes of consumption peaks can be investigated and
quickly corrected. The system will alert the operations staff via e-mail or
The AmI-MoSES project (Ambient-Intelligent Interactive Monitoring System for
Energy Use Optimisation in Manufacturing SMEs) of the EU’s 7th framework
programme is focused on developing an ambient intelligent monitoring system
for energy consumption dedicated to manufacturing SMEs. The system displays
information on energy use, and provides advice on how to improve energy
efficiency. The metering system is based on ambient intelligence, which is
used to monitor the production environment and machinery.
Energy consumption data collected by the system is complemented by data from
condition monitoring, production process, and production environment.
Intelligent computer software enables the combining of energy metering data
with the energy usage parameters. The system can thus recognise problems
related to energy consumption in real-time, and search for their causes by
performing comparisons with monitoring data collected in the past. The process
utilises data on previous measurements, problems, and their solutions stored
in a database.
The developed services operate interactively, and also generate suggestions
for measures that could be used to prevent problems and improve energy
efficiency. The system sends e-mails or SMS alerts to the operations staff
about any measured deviations and problems detected. A prototype of the system
has already been tested.
VTT contributes to the project by providing the mathematical and data models
of energy use parameters and energy efficiency indicators, and participates in
the development of the user interface. The challenge in the development work
lies in the fact that existing higher-level, general mathematical model for
quantifying the energy consumption efficiency does not provide the means for
optimising the use. Production processes in SMEs are unique, and the developed
calculation models must be both sufficiently detailed and flexible to allow
Project home page: www.ami-moses.eu. The
project includes partners from Germany, Spain, Great Britain, and Slovenia.