The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO) is the largest University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Switzerland. It comprises 10 000 employees, with approx. 700 FTE dedicated to R&D activities. HES-SO has strong involvement in international cooperation and has profound experience in European projects (32 collaborative FPHES-SO7 projects, including 3 as coordinator, representing a total grant amount of approximately €12m). HES-SO collaborates closely with SMEs, and its R&D also extends to certain aspects of industrial-scale production.

The Institute of Systems Engineering (ISI) of HES-SO works extensively in the field of collecting energy consumption data. During the SmartEnergy project, it already equipped the university building with sensor to collect the consumption of gaz, fuel, electricity, and water. Moreover, it is also working in the field of NIALM (Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring) techniques to disaggregate the consumption of individual appliance from the global Load Curve of a building.

These techniques were applied during the APEAS project to analyse the consumption of 50 households and provides their inhabitants with personalised advices to reduce their consumption. This project is currently followed by the APEAS II project, aiming at following the consumption of 200 households during one year. Finally, the ISI is also heavily involved in the FP7 project SEMIAH where it is responsible for the front-end development and of the pilot testing, and in the project Optigrid, where it develops grid modelling and optimisation techniques.

The Institute will bring into the project its laboratory infrastructure, research equipment and expertise in setting up and running control and monitoring equipment within buildings, in operating renewable energy production technologies as well as the in the communication between the buildings and production technologies.

Key personnel

Jessen Page – Jessen.Page@hevs.ch