The third test site located in Dundalk, forms another element of the Living Lab. Smart Energy Efficiency Dundalk (SEED) and currently incorporates a University Campus (Dundalk Institute of Technology, DKIT), Great Northern Heaven - 16 smart aware apartments, a Community Youth Centre, 10 Local Authority houses and a Secondary Education College.

The current site includes the following:

  • DKIT Campus: The area of the campus is 50,000m2 with 4,544 full time students and staff.  In 2011, the total energy consumption of the whole campus was 8680 MWh (4604 MWh Gas and 4076 MWh Electricity).  The campus hosts a wind turbine, which produces 1510 MWh of which 1149 MWh is consumed onsite and 361 MWh exported back to the grid. A onsite storage battery and Ice Bank. The current electrical installation consists of a single electricity connection to the National Grid.
  • GREAT NORTHERN HEAVEN (GNH):  GNH consists of 16 heavily sensored apartments housing older residents. DKIT have been gathering energy data from the apartments every 12 seconds since June 2010 and now have over 100 million records of historical data for the apartments.
  • COMMUNITY YOUTH CENTRE: the youth centre has recently undergone upgrades to heating and insulation and included in the upgrade was real-time monitoring sensors for electricity, temperature, humidity and air quality.
  • LOCAL AUTHORITY HOUSES:  the 10 houses owned by Louth Local Authority and located in Muirhevna Mor have real time monitoring sensors for electricity, gas, temperature, humidity and air quality.
  • SECONDARY EDUCATION COLLEGE:  O’Fiaich campus is a secondary education facility, there are two buildings on O’Fiaich campus – a 2 storey building of approximately 4000m2 and a single storey building of less than 2000m2. The fabric of the two storey building was completely refurbished during the summer of 2006. This resulted in overall improvement in air tightness from 12.2cu.m/hr to 3.76cu.m/hr at 50Pa. Works including replacing inefficient lighting, insulation added to the roof, heating pipes insulated, installation of double glazed windows and adding 110mm foam cladding to the exterior walls. The school is currently heavily monitored to assess its use and consumption.

The site will continue to expand as more energy monitoring systems are installed in the community, with a number of new buildings and premises to join in early 2013. Data from the site is collected via a COMMUNITY ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CEMS), which is aggregated via a cloud based data server.  As this test site contains detailed information with respect to real-time consumption and use, this test site will be used for the Optimisation demonstration of the INDICATE tool. The VCM will be used to model the interactions between the existing buildings, their installed Renewable Technologies and the electricity grid.  Based on the tariffs of the local utility companies, the algorithms will be employed to perform demand response analysis and tariff analysis to the buildings and their technologies and recommendations with respect to which utility companies and which tariff schemes to employ will be performed.  This will allow for optimisation of the existing systems on the site.  Recommendations to the infrastructure changes that would be required to make this happen will be provided along with the impact that this will bring to the overall urban neighbourhood.  Note that this test site will not model the entire neighbourhood but will instead demonstrate how the tool could be used to optimise buildings in a city across a wide area, without requiring the knowledge from the other buildings in the neighbourhood.  Only information with respect to surrounding building geometry and bio-climatic effects will be taken into account.