VTT, Samsung and 10,000 data points are implementing the Otaniemi ecocampus project
VTT and Samsung C&T Corporation are developing remote management technology
and services for buildings in the Otaniemi campus area. A pilot project
consisting of a hundred buildings is under way, collecting measurement data on
energy consumption and indoor conditions from approximately 10,000 data
points. The goal is to demonstrate that energy consumption in campus buildings
can be reduced by 15% using the new technology. Knowledge and other platforms
are built at the same time, for use in long-term development work aimed at an
emission-free campus entirely self-sufficient in energy.
“Our goal seems within reach. The project is now half completed, with several
locations already averaging 15% energy savings, though it still needs another
few years of follow-up to confirm the system’s effectiveness,” says Janne
VTT has built a monitoring system in the Otaniemi campus area, collecting data
on electricity, heat and water consumption of buildings, and on the
temperatures, carbon dioxide concentrations, humidity, lighting intensity and
electrical loads in the facilities. The campus community is an excellent
living-lab environment for the research.
The measurement data is transferred in real time from approximately 10,000
data points to the on-campus VTT and Korea Telecom remote management system.
One hundred buildings are being monitored, ten of which are pilot sites in
which the measurement focus is on indoor conditions and energy saving.
Daily monitoring of the building allows for quick intervention in problem
areas. The timing of energy-intensive ventilation equipment, for example, can
in future be changed according to the number of people using the facilities at
any given time.
The monitoring system changes the measurement data into information that
employees in the office buildings and student housing residents can follow by
means of mobile applications developed by VTT, KETI and Samsung. These
applications provide information on indoor conditions, and also serve as a
channel for feedback to property maintenance companies and owners.
The project is furthest advanced in the student residences at Otaranta 8,
where the mobile applications are in use. Residents can follow electricity
consumption and indoor air conditions, receiving information on their use of
household appliances, for example. Increased knowledge and use of monitoring
technology has resulted in electricity consumption being cut in half at some
The project started a year ago and ends in June 2014. VTT and Samsung are
presently planning a follow-up project. In addition to energy savings, the
goal is to improve indoor conditions and activate users to take independent
initiative in achieving energy savings.
Export opportunities open up for the products and services of Finnish
companies in the Korea Micro Energy Grid network, in which VTT participates as
a member. “We are bringing Finnish small and medium-size companies together in
an export ring to find suitable partners in South Korea,” says Peltonen.
An estimated 15−20% unused energy savings potential is thought to exist in the
building stock owned by Finnish municipalities. According to Janne Peltonen,
the collaboration with Samsung offers VTT and Finland an opportunity to
transfer the latest real estate technology to Finland.