Smart Prognosis of Energy with Allocation of Resources

ABOUT SPEAR

MOTIVATION

SPEAR is a pan-European research project, which proudly bears the ITEA label. The consortium consists of 18 partners from four European countries. As the name dictates, SPEAR aims to spawn ground-breaking research results and prototypes for energy optimisation in industrial production processes.

SPEAR’s heart is an extremely flexible and highly generic optimisation platform. This platform will host a comprehensive set of optimisation algorithms - each one facilitating an effective and profitable energy optimisation of highly complex production processes. SPEAR will not focus on isolated industry sectors, rather, a broad spectrum of application domains like production processes in common plants, production lines, buildings, hybrid drives, and wind turbine drive trains will be supported. Moreover, the energy-specific optimisation of existing and new production plants during virtual commissioning and during the running production will be supported.

SPEAR will overcome available approaches by means of a unique mechanism. Instead of using estimated or abbreviated models for the simulation-based optimisation, our solution will engage the real device-provided simulation models in order to produce highly accurate forecasts for the energy consumption of industrial production processes. The accuracy of these forecasts will enable an optimisation that has to find its match.

GOALS

Create an extendable platform for energy and efficiency optimizations of production systems

  • Usable as a local or cloud based application

  • Adapt the energy usage of the production system to the current energy supply

  • Upgrade classic production system to cyber physical production systems to allow measurement of signals

  • SPEAR integrates physical models to calculate the energy demand instead of using cost-intensive sensors to measure it

  • Create a simulation of the production system to predict current and future energy costs of components

  • Simulates the energy usage in real time on low-cost hardware

  • Allows prediction of the energy usage of components over time Permanently update the simulation system with the cyber physical measurements

  • The software to connect the simulation and the real production systems signals will be Open Source Create an extendable library of optimization methods

  • Can be extended independently of the optimization platform

NEWS & MEDIA

Latest News

Innovation Days

From 22nd to 24th of May 2018, the Eureka Innovation Days take place in Helsinki, Finland. Over 1.000 participants from all over the world are expected for this event. Forward-looking key-notes and presentations of concrete business cases will give insights on the business and technology development on the subjects of Smart Energy, Smart Health, Smart Mobility and Smart Industry.

The Eureka Innovation Days event is a great opportunity for the SPEAR consortium to promote the project’s progress and results and to discuss ideas with international experts from academia and industry. We are highly interested in feedback from experts from the realms of Smart Energy and Smart Industry since SPEAR particularly addresses these very application domains. By presenting SPEAR at the Eureka Innovation Days, we hope to drastically increase the project’s visibility.

Meeting in Gothenburg

On 17th and 18th October, the international SPEAR consortium met in Gothenburg, Sweden in order to discuss the project’s progress. On the first day, Chalmers University of Technology welcomed us on their grounds and basic project topics were discussed. In the evening, Volvo Car Corporation invited all SPEAR partners to join a dinner at Heaven 23, a classy restaurant with a spectacular view over Gothenburg. On the second day, our Volvo Partners invited us to their headquarter, located just outside Gothenburg.

Throughout the second day, the SPEAR consortium discussed the latest work package results and planned future steps. During a session break we were actually visited by Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Car’s CEO, who informed himself about the SPEAR project. Apart from this visit, Volvo came up with another highlight in the afternoon. The SPEAR partners were driven to the “Demo Centre”, an in-plant test road. For two hours, all participants were allowed to select demo cars from a car pool of roughly 30 different Volvo models and to enter the test track for one or two 2km rounds. Two ours were over far to quickly and we’re all looking forward to our next international consortium meeting.

German Consortium Meeting

From December 11th until December 12th, the German SPEAR consortium came together in Stuttgart in order to determine the current project status and to discuss the next steps for the year 2018. The meeting was held at the premises of our SPEAR partner TWT GmbH Science & Innovation as well as at the factory premises of our associated Partner DAIMLER AG.

The meeting was extremely fruitful, not only that we managed to set up a clear schedule for the next six moths, but we also gained insight into the daily business of our hosts TWT and DAIMLER. On the first day’s evening, we came together for a traditional Swabian dinner in downtown Stuttgart and celebrated a successful project start.

Kickoff Meeting

We can proudly state that SPEAR was officially kicked-off! The official kick-off meeting was held on September 5th and 6th in Fulda, Germany. Despite the kickoff was done with emphasis on the German consortium (representatives of the the German project controller DLR-PT were present) all partners participated in the meeting.

The kick-off was held at the corporate headquarters of FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG. It was the first event in which all partners came together and was comprehensively used to discuss the individual objectives and hopes that each partner puts in SPEAR. The evening of the 5th was concluded with traditional Hessian cuisine in downtown Fulda.

SPEAR consortium presents official logo

The SPEAR consortium agreed on a joint project logo. Proposals were made by most of the partners while the final selection was done by vote. The winning logo was created by the award-winning design team of DAI-Labor, Technische Universität Berlin.

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