Partnering opportunity

Smart sensors and thermal imaging offered for energy efficient cities

Summary

A research group from a Spanish university has developed a smart-sensors-based technology that can be applied to improve the energy efficiency of urban environments in an holistic fashion. This technology covers areas such as intelligent transportation systems and energy efficient measurement applications. The collaboration types are commercial agreements with technical assistance and technical cooperation agreements.

Partner sought

The type of collaboration sought implies the steps needed to adapt the technology to the needs and activities of the company that assumes its commercialization. Likewise, it implies further technical engineering maintenance. They are looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance and technical cooperation agreements among the companies that may have a potential interest in this technology. They are interested in big companies that are responsible for urban traffic management systems. In addition, this may be of special interest for energy distribution and generation companies as well as companies that provide different thermal isolation solutions. Finally, medium companies with a high degree of innovation may be interested in commercializing the proposed technologies. A development phase is still needed with a total cost between 150.000-250.000 €

Description

The highest energy costs of cities are focused on transportation systems and heating/refrigerating systems. The development of different technologies specially designed to optimise the energy consumption needs to deal with both type of systems to have a proper impact. Following this statement, a research group of a Spanish university has developed two main new technologies. On the one hand, a set of smart sensors have been created to optimize the use of transportation systems in urban environments. Among them it is remarked: -Signalized roundabouts and intersections, adaptive to the current traffic status. -Adaptive traffic monitoring and management. -SmartCross: optimal traffic lights timing by pedestrian detection in pedestrian crossings. -Prioritizing public transport vehicles in roundabouts and intersections. -Outdoor parking slots monitoring by a fleet of public transport vehicles applied to reduce the time needed to find a free parking slot. On the other hand, thermal imaging technology is also available to identify homes and buildings that may need improvements in their isolation installations. A special vehicle is equipped with infrared cameras, GPS and range-based sensors. It takes thermal images of homes in winter and summer months to automatically identify buildings showing poor isolation capabilities (heat and cool losses trough poorly isolated walls, windows, and roofs). These images contain information about the global positioning of each one of the buildings analyzed. Thus, digital and interactive maps can be provided to the user, including specific information about thermal isolation of each of the elements analyzed by the system. They are looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance and technical cooperation agreements among the companies that may have a potential interest in this technology, and which are involved in urban traffic management or energy distribution and generation.

Advantages and innovations

In the context of transportation, innovative aspects come from the use of new sensors that provide richer information than current sensor technologies, as well as the novelty of the proposed applications. On the other hand, the automatic creation of thermal efficiency digital maps has not been proposed up to now. These maps will be very useful for local authorities to improve the energy efficiency of their local communities. Competitive advantages by commercializing new systems focused on improving the energy efficiency, reducing emissions and ecological foot of cities. The main, but not unique, customers are local authorities of towns, cities, and communities. This technology can be seen as a holistic system, or it can be offered in its different parts adapted to different needs.

Development stage

Under development/lab tested

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Patents granted


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