INESC Coimbra - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores


UREPE - Rational Use of Energy and Energy Planning R&D Group
 

 
 Description
 

        The research group within INESC designated UREPE (which stands for Rational Use of Energy and Energy Planning) has developed its activity around the great themes of demand-side management (DSM) and integrated resource planning (IRP), both in the perspective of end-users and of energy suppliers and energy services suppliers. A synthetic list of the main fields of action follows, with a brief description of the group’s involvement in each:
        Demand-Side Management (DSM): methodologies and studies for the evaluation of the impact of DSM programs and actions, including load research and cost-benefit evaluation.
        Efficient Use of Energy in Buildings: lighting systems (co-ordination with daylight, control methodologies, illuminance measurement methods), energy management computer-based systems, methodologies and computational tools for building performance evaluation.
        Energy Audits: instrumentation and  computer programs for automating energy audits, diagnostic methodologies.
        Maximum Demand Control: methodologies and algorithms, instrumentation and methods for evaluating controllers .
        Communications for energy management and telemetering: power-line carrier communications (modems and communication protocols).
        Computer Simulation and Modelling of Electric Energy End-Uses: physically-based models of electric loads, simulation of end-use plants (customers) including individual load models, load shifting, maximum demand control and economic analysis capabilities.
        Energy Planning: methodologies and models for integrated resource planning in electric power systems, energy and environmental planning at municipal level.
A number of forms of intervention have been practised, such as instrumentation development, software development, studies, methodology development, education, technology transfer.

Previous experience

        UREPE group has been involved in several R&D projects, either academic or also under contract with the EU, the portuguese government, industrial companies and electric utilities.

        Some finished projects are referred below, briefly identifying the collaboration/contractual liasion  of the UREPE group.
 

  • Project: ADCE - Decision support system for electric energy purchasing
    Scope: National
    Other partners involved: Directorate General for Energy, Ministry of Industry and Energy (P)
     
  • Project: SAPRA - Computer-aided planning and report generation tool for M&T
    Scope: National
    Other partners involved: Directorate General for Energy, Ministry of Industry and Energy (P)
     
  • Project: Planning, automation and operation of energy distribution networks with disperse and renewable generation in a deregulated scenario 
    Scope: National
    Other partners involved: INESC Oporto branch, INTERG (R&D Institute in Lisbon )
  • Project: Computer-aided  energy management and process control functions for the stabilization of the interconnected power system (IPS) of the Baltic States (CIPA-CT93-0162) 
    Scope: International (EuropeComputer-aided  energy management and process control functions for the stabilization of the interconnected power system (IPS) of the Baltic States (CIPA-CT93-0162)an Union, programme COPERNICUS)
    Other partners involved: IITB-Fraunhofer Ges. (Germany), DC Baltija (Latvia), IER - Institute of Energy Research (Estonia)
  • Project: ACOGER - evaluation of the impact of co-generation in Portugal 
    Scope: National
    Other partners involved: EDP, S.A. (national eletric utility holding company)
  • Project: PEMP - mid-term energy plan for the historic centre of the city of Coimbra 
    Scope: International  (European Union, programme RECITE)
    Other partners involved: IERU (R&D Institute in Coimbra), Municipalities of Perugia (I), Prato (I), Corfu (Gr), Rodhes (Gr), Amsterdco (NL), Jaen (E), Coimbra (P) 
  • Project: ALMEDINA - daylight evaluation of a building retrofit design 
    Scope: National

    Other partners involved: IERU (R&D Institute in Coimbra)
  • Project: VVOUGA - development of an energy management system for an energy efficient school building 
    Scope: National
    Other partners involved: Ministry of Education (P)
  • Project: Energy savings in textile industry (XVII / 4.1031 / SA / 102 / 96 / SWE) 
    Scope:  International  (European Union, programme SAVE II)
    Other partners involved: AF Energikonsult Stockholm AB (Sweden), Universita di Palermo (Italy), Alteren Inc. (Greece)
  • Project: DSM in the historical centre of the city of Coimbra 
    Scope: National
    Other partners involved: EDP, S.A. (national eletric utility holding company)

The following projects are presently under development:
 

  • Project: Energy efficiency in schools (XVII / 4.1031 / SA / 9 / 96 / OST) 
    Scope:  International  (European Union, programme SAVE II)
    Other partners involved: SAFE (Austrian regional electric distribution utility), University of Graz (Austria), Swb. Brixen (Italian municipal electric distribution utility)

 

 Capabilities

        INESC, particularly the research group UREPE within it, has a considerable experience in rational use of energy (RUE), energy management, load research and DSM activities. Load modelling, namely through physically-based load models (PBLM), has been one direction of research at academic level, with software tools developed that may be useful for DSM and load management (LM) actions simulation  in electric networks. Besides, it has a large curriculum in dissemination actions, namely in cooperation with other institutions, in the fields of RUE and integrated resource planning (IRP), as for instance with universities, R&D institutes, energy agencies and professional associations, through seminars, conferences and short courses. Researchers within the group are also involved in lecturing activities at the University of Coimbra and several polytechnic institutes in Portugal, all in fields related to their research activities. 
        UREPE is provided with several software tools adapted to its fields of activity, in three main vectors: commercially available software developed at highly reputable institutions such as the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the US Department of Energy (DOE); home developed software tools as result of its own R&D activity, some of which are available in the portuguese market; CASE tools, compilers, data base management systems, libraries, etc. 
        Besides, there is also available instrumentation that may be divided into 2 groups: energy audits instrumentation such as single- and three-phase energy analysers, harmonic analyser, portable data loggers for load profile recording; instrumentation for the measurement of environmental quantities, such as multi-channel data loggers, sensors and portable meters. 

Contact

Legal name  INESC  INstituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores 
Street, number  Rua Antero de Quental 199 
Country, Postal code, town  Portugal 3000 Coimbra 
Telephone (area code, number) 039-832 689 
Fax 039-824 692 
Person in charge of the project Professor A. Gomes Martins amartins@inescc.pt
Position held by this person Research Manager



Person in charge: 
Professor A. Gomes Martins
amartins@inescc.pt

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