RÉPENER is a research project co-funded by the Spanish National R&D Plan 2009-2012 which is carried out the research group ARC Enginyeria i Arquitectura La Salle, Barcelona in collaboration with the Faculty of Business and Computer Science, Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen, in Germany.
The aim of this project is to design and implement a prototype of an energy information system using semantic technologies, following the philosophy of the Linked Open Data intiative. The system integrates two types of data sources, proprietary and open. The energetic model in which the system is based comprises two types of energy data: building data (consumptions, provision, installations, use, etc.), and data related with other fields (environmental, social, economic,…) that can have an impact in the buildings’ energy efficiency.
The RÉPENER information system will make available to different stakeholders (technical equipment, consultants, users, energy managers) the energy information created by different applications throughout the building lifecycle, from design to operation and maintenance. The aim of the system is to provide qualified information to different agents to enable them to improve their decision-making process in their respective realms with the common purpose of improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Therefore, together with the modeled data semantically, services for analysis and processing of data using data mining techniques will be developed.
The system interfaces will enable the different actors to interact with the system information in a personalized way, adapting each interface to the user profile. The aim is to develop a communication space that allows the different types of user to extract different the information they need in the appropriate format.