Energy Audit in times of COVID-19: The RETROFEED augmented reality experience
An online event organised by the RETROFEED project on 2 December 2020
RETROFEED industry partners shared their experience of working with energy management and energy audits during unprecedented protocols necessitated by the COVID-19 situation. The online event facilitating this knowledge exchange, and taking place after a successful III General Assembly, has seen the participation of industry representatives, technology providers and research institutes, with more than 100 people attending it.
The event showcased the variety of innovative responses to the unanticipated circumstances brought upon industries in 2020. Led and presented by the project coordinator Fundación CIRCE, the event included some reflections of the European Commission, represented by the project coordinator Lucia Fernandez Macia from DG Research & Innovation, followed by a demonstration session of energy audit and related augmented reality by RINA Consulting S.p.A . It continued with interactive panel discussions with some of the major industrial players in agrochemical, aluminium, ceramic and steel sectors (FERTIBERIA, ASAŞ Aluminium, TORRECID, FERRIERE NORD, SILCOTUB) and ended with the twin project, REVaMP represented by BFI.
Responses to the pandemic within the event ranged from the comprehensive stimulus package of the European Commission for a greener, more digital, resilient Europe, to the deployment of augmented reality in energy audits. A solution for remote energy management was the central example displayed during the event: the kiber helmet used by RETROFEED end-users, which provides a comprehensive set of tools and measurements necessary for conducting remote energy audits. Deployed by RINA in discussion with on-site personnel, the helmet and its related tools respond to the exact needs of the industry during these unprecedented times.
The innovation potential in industries was not only affirmed by end-users integrating augmented reality into their energy audits, but also by the continuous progression of retrofitting equipment throughout the pandemic. While the circumstances have undoubtedly hindered the foreseen planning, end-users have managed to adapt and collaborate efficiently in order to keep pace with project requirements all the while adopting a contingency plan.
Overall, the discussions of the online event established RETROFEED as an excellent example of EU projects handling the challenges of our times with flexibility and resiliency through innovation and technology.
The event was recorded and can be found on the project website – www.retrofeed.eu/retrofeed-dissemination-event
For more information
Dr Ana Isabel Gonzalez Espinosa (CIRCE – Project Coordinator) aigonzalez(at)fcirce.es
Dr Diego Redondo Taberner (CIRCE – Project Manager) dredondo(at)fcirce.es
Ms Marianna Santavenere (EEIP – Communication and Dissemination) marianna.santavenere(at)ee-ip.org
About Adri Pap
Adri works as a Project and Communications Manager at EEIP. She holds a Master degree in International Development, with a background in sustainable development and communication for sustainable transitions. She has been working in EU project management since 2018. She is keen on working with data, practising her management skills and designing visuals for inspiration towards sustainability.