SmartWins project has launched its first training AT POLIMI IN MILAN for KTU students ON DIGITAL TWIN

Press release

Milan, March 14, 2023

The SmartWins project has launched its first training at Polimi in Milan for KTU students on digital twin for the assessment of building energy performance

The SmartWins project aims to strengthen the capacity of KTU, Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, to conduct research on the next generation of digital twins and building energy performance assessment technologies to facilitate the transition to a smart, sustainable and carbon neutral built environment. In this context, KTU students benefit from training from the consortium partners.

Course on indoor environmental quality with Prof. Livio Mazzarella – © Innotrope

The consortium brings together partners from complementary sectors: a leading European university in Italy, Politecnico di Milano, one of Europe’s largest research centres based in Greece, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), a spin-off from the Technical University of Berlin, Contecht, and Innotrope, a French company specialised in research projects management and dissemination.

“The adoption of smart technologies such as smart sensors and digital twins provides access to instant data on the energy performance of the infrastructure. These technologies provide a better understanding of how systems interact to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and develop new, more energy-efficient designs. I am also happy to participate in this project, which allows our Lithuanian students to come to Italy to enrich their education with training on indoor environmental quality or on thermal heat pumps thanks to Polimi, a leading European university.”

Andrius Jurelionis

Dean of the KTU Faculty of Civil engineering and Architecture

The SmartWins project also aims to democratise digital twin technology by organising events for the general public. Two events will be organised by the end of the project in 2025. In addition, SmartWins will improve the knowledge of the KTU team in applying for grants.

“We are convinced of the enormous potential of networking to facilitate knowledge transfer and the exchange of best practices to improve our academic excellence. SmartWins represents an exceptional opportunity for students and researchers to work together on concrete projects, while acquiring new skills.”

Paris Fokaides

Chief Researcher at KTU, and project Coordinator

The SmartWins project is funded by the European Commission with 1.5 million euros. The project is part of the European twinning strategy to strengthen networking between research institutions.

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Introduction to Indoor Environment Quality with Prof. Livio Mazzarella

Tuesday 14th of March, 9:00-12:30 CET (live streamed)

Indoor environment quality (IEQ) is one of the most important aspects in a building’s environment which can affect the health and wellbeing of the occupants as well as lifecycle costs, and energy consumption at operational level. IEQ is determined by many factors including thermal comfort, visual comfort (lighting and daylight), air quality and ventilation, acoustic comfort. So, during this training session the fundamentals about IEQ will be explained.

Controlled contamination environments: technology and behavioral aspects with Prof. Francesco Romano

Tuesday 14th of March, 14:00-18:00 CET (not live streamed)

Vapour compression and thermal driven heat pumps with Prof. Rossano Scoccia

Wednesday 15th of March, 9:00-10:45 CET (live streamed)

Vapour compression and thermal driven heat pumps are key technologies to increase the energy efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings, exploiting renewable energy sources (RES). During this training session the fundamentals of these two technologies will be explained.

Floor Heating with Displacement Ventilation: An Experimental and Numerical Analysis with Prof. Francesco Causone

Wednesday 15th of March, 11:00-12:00 CET (live streamed)

An experimental and numerical analysis of a floor heating system with displacement ventilation will be shown and discussed by Prof. Francesco Causone who did this activity during his PhD.

Questions and Answers session with Rossano Scoccia & Francesco Causone

Wednesday 15th of March, 12:00-12:30 CET (live streamed)

The Relab laboratory with Prof. Patrizia Melograno (partially live streamed)

Wednesday 15th of March, 14:00-17:30 CET

During this training session, the Relab laboratory will be presented with a focus on the heat pumps certification methods. The Relab is a laboratory for the development and the performance assessment of renewable energy appliances for heating, cooling and DHW. RELAB is one of the laboratories of “Politecnico di Milano” which addresses its offer to HVAC and domestic hot water production industries. It provides a wide range of test services aimed at the research and development of products and at the acoustic and performance evaluation in accordance to the most recent standards (such as EN 14511, EN14825, EN16147, EN1397, EN12309, EN16583 and EN12102) and European regulation (ECO design, ECO Label and ErP directives).

Designing IEQ – EN 16798 standard with Prof. Livio Mazzarella (live streamed)

Thursday 16th of March, 9:00-12:30 CET

The new standard EN 16798 about IEQ that replaces EN 15251 will be discussed.

Relab’s thermal driven heat pumps prototypes with Prof. Giorgio Villa (live streamed)

Thursday 16th of March, 14:00-15:00 CET

The latest thermal driven heat pumps prototypes developed in Relab will be shown.

Acoustic testing and the anechoic chamber with Prof. Roberto Fumagalli (not live streamed)

Thursday 16th of March, 15:00-17:30 CET

Thermal comfort measurement – Prof. Adriana Angelotti (not live streamed)

Friday 17th of March, 9:00-10:45 CET

IEQ assessment through Smart Sensors and Digitalization, the COLLECTiEF EU Project and the Sphensor sensor with Greta Tresoldi from LSI company (live streamed)

Friday 17th of March, 11:00-11:45 CET

Greta Tresoldi from the company LSI will talk about IEQ assessment through Smart Sensors and Digitalization of buildings showing the results of the COLLECTiEF EU Project where their latest technology “Sphensor” has been used.

Digitalization and the VeluxLab with Prof. Nicole Di Santo (partially lived stream)

Friday 17th of March, 12:00-13:00 CET

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