The annual e.nova International Conference conceived as an international scientific conference fostering engagement of both the scientific and industry sector professionals was hosted by the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (22-23 November 2018). The conference carries a theme every year on an array of different topics with this year being ‘Building of the future – interconnected – digital – eco-social’.
University of applied sciences Burgenland as the annual hosts and more critically as owners of the AdCon (Advanced Control for smart energy systems), a demonstrator in the Iosense project, took the opportunity to illustrate the impact of IoT in the area of building technology sector that should be envisaged in the decade ahead. An emphasis was placed on the importance of developing sensors that can collect data that in turn can be used to improve the design and construction of buildings. The discussed topics pegged on prototypes and simulation findings generated at the FH Burgenland ‘Energetikum Lab’ that hosts over 2000 sensors that are housed in an 850 sqm space.
Key to the presentation was the demonstration of Indoor air quality & gas monitoring using VOC & CO2 control strategy; physical protection of buildings with the aim of eliminating moisture damages and the emission reduction of biomass boilers employing the CO-Lambda control strategy. On another similar front, the Alpen-Adria University in Klagenfurt showcased the achievements and results of the IoSense project with the presentation on the Autarkic Wireless Sensors which is a self-powered wireless electronic sensor/actuator. Different challenges such as wireless communication, energy supply and the difficulty of battery replacement were brought to light hence emphasizing the need for further research developments. Materials Center Leoben, MCL as one of the AdCon partners contributed to the presented with a focus on gas sensor performance characterization and development of algorithms for pattern recognition. The use of MOX multi-gas-sensor was explained using array modules tuneable to specific applications and that would develop dedicated pattern recognition algorithms as required for indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring. The presentation explained how gas sensor array including different sensing materials as System-on-Chip would test for humidity and the target gases CO, CO2, VOC, NOx, and H2S and O2.
Energetikum ‘ The Living Lab’ (http://www.forschung-burgenland.at/en/offer/energetikum/?Fsize=1&cHash=c95df15f9229360b36fdb69af9865038)