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The research in eEnergy carried out by the Institute of  Information systems is part of the broader issue of intelligent energy management. The Institute develops information systems capable of interacting with devices that provide energy production and consumption data in view of improving the daily management of energy consumption.

Since 2009, the main activities of the Institute of Information Systems include energy data management and the development of the necessary IT tools. Our eEnergy projects are part of the issue of intelligent energy management and are aimed at meeting the current needs in the field of energy.

The highly-skilled researchers of the Institute develop energy information systems for local businesses and within national and international research projects.

Our first projects were focused on the reduction of energy consumption in buildings. We participated in the development of an energy auditing system for buildings (SmartBat) and a complete electronic solution for the energy management of a building (GreenLine). Another project we took part in was aimed at developing a decision-aid tool (MEU) to support the authorities in achieving their political objectives regarding energy and climate.

Several of our current projects are focused on smartgrids and microgrids in particular (i-BATs). They are aimed at:

  • reducing consumption peaks by smoothing the load curve in order to reduce fossil fuel powered electricity generation
  • avoiding overload problems
  • facilitating the integration into alternative, clean and safe energy networks (often irregular and diffuse)
  • facilitating and optimising energy transport over long distances
  • developing a more efficient cost model

We develop software to analyse data from different sources – domotic sensors, weather forecasts, user behaviour, etc. – to extract useful know-how for consumers and, in particular, the information system. Based on this information, the power production and consumption of the microgrid can be adjusted, using simulation and 3D visualisation tools (interreg) and prediction techniques.

The field of intelligent energy management is complex, which is why we often work with our colleagues from the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), such as the Institute of Systems Engineering of the HES-SO Valais, specialised in energy efficiency and electronics, or the HES-SO Fribourg, specialised in signal processing. We also often work with academic and industrial partners such as CSEM, CREM, Sierre Energie, ALRO or GEROCO.