ELISE Energy Pilot Seminar "Possible synergies between energy smart meters, SensorThings API and INSPIRE"


The Energy Pilot is a pilot project[1] [2]in the frame of the ELISE Action[3] - European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government - led by JRC, of the ISA2 Programme[4]- Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens – funded by DIGIT.

The Energy Pilot aims at showing the benefits of using geospatial information and related technologies in the energy efficiency and energy saving EU policies lifecycle, with implementation and testing in a series of use cases.

This seminar is relevant to the use case dealing with the identification, analysis and application of certain selected methodologies to assess energy performance of buildings based on dynamic data of measured energy consumption, coming from smart meters.

An analysis of existing methodologies to identify climate dependent energy and end-user energy with dynamic measured data will be presented during the seminar, together with different methodologies to scale up the energy performance assessment of buildings to district level and beyond.

So far, the potential role of INSPIRE has been identified as a possible source of input data for some of the methodologies, primarily data related to buildings and/or addresses, but other INSPIRE data themes (e.g. Atmospheric Conditions/Meteorological Features, Utilities and Governmental Services, Statistical Units/Population Distribution), as well as INSPIRE data access and sharing mechanisms, can be exploited.

On a parallel track, the newly established SensorThings API OGC standard[5] addresses three of the recurring technical challenges raised by INSPIRE stakeholders today[6]: (i) the use of RESTful architectures, together with (ii) alternative data encodings, such as JSON and binary exchange formats, and (iii) publish-subscribe-based messaging protocols. It has been developed to cover a multitude of Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. The standard is also designed to be ‘developer friendly’. Considering the SensorThings API within the context of INSPIRE would not only provide a possibility for the evolution of the infrastructure, but also contribute to the simplification agenda. That is why the standard is currently being investigated as a possible INSPIRE solution by a group of volunteers, representing both solution providers and standardization bodies.

The final part of the seminar will be dedicated to a brainstorming about possible synergies between the two activities, focusing on the possible benefits deriving from the application of the SensorThings API OGC standard to the dynamic measurements of energy consumption.


[1] https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/eulf/og_page/eulf-energy-pilot

[2] https://inspire.ec.europa.eu/pilot-projects/inspire-energy-pilot/440

[3] https://ec.europa.eu/isa2/actions/elise_en

[4] https://ec.europa.eu/isa2/home_en

[5] http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/sensorthings

[6] https://themes.jrc.ec.europa.eu/discussion/view/154578/sensorthings-api-and-inspire


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9.30 – 9.35

Welcome and introduction

Francesco Pignatelli (JRC), ELISE Action Leader

9.35 – 9.45

Setting the scene: the use cases of the ELISE Energy Pilot

Giacomo Martirano (JRC – external consultant), ELISE Energy Pilot coordinator

9.45 – 10.45

Assessing Energy Performance of Buildings with dynamic measured data

Gerard Mor (CIMNE)

10.45 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30

SensorThings API and INSPIRE

Alex Kotsev (JRC)

11.30 – 12.30

Open discussion about possible synergies between energy smart meters, SensorThings API and INSPIRE

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Physical location
JRC Ispra, IPR-100/2102 – Aria
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