Project »ESEE«

Innovative sensors for efficient builidings

Measuring air quality is part of state-of-the-art facility management – and a major prerequisite for optimizing the energy efficiency of buildings. In a project funded by the EU, Fraunhofer IPM together with partners from research and industry developed sensor technology and sensor networks for integration into energy management systems of buildings. The focus was on the detection of gas by the use of distributed energy-efficient, low-maintenance sensors. These silicon and MEMS based sensors detect parameters such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide or humidity. The measurement data provided by the sensor are used as a basis for reducing energy consumption, e. g. by adapting central heating or air condition to the actual environmental conditions. In this manner, reduction of energy consumption in the order of magnitude of more than 30 percent is feasible.

Project partners

In the ESSE project, 26 partners from five European countries work under the coordination of Infineon Technologies.

In Germany:

  • EADS Deutschland GmbH, eesy-id GmbH, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (ENAS/IPM), University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Infineon Technologies AG, Siemens AG, TWT GmbH Science & Innovation

In Finland:

  • Fläkt Woods Oy, Metso Automation Oy, Murata Electronics Oy, Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT, Vaisala Oy

In France:

  • Aerovia, APIX, III-V-Lab GIE, CEA-Leti MINATE, CIAT S.A.

In The Netherlands:

  • Evalan BV, Holst Centre/imec, Munisense BV, NXP Semiconductors Netherlands BV, Technical University Eindhoven, Vabrema BV

In Spain:

  • Acondicionamiento Tarrasense (Leitat Technological Center), Iquadrat Informatica S.L., Telecommunications Technological Centre of Catalonia