Via EUREC Members, AEE INTEC
Arrowhead Tools is Europe’s largest project for solutions in automation and digitization for the industry. The project has a budget of EUR 91 million and more than 80 partners, among them some of Europe’s largest companies such as Volvo, Bosch, Philips and Infineon. It is funded within the ECSEL Joint Undertaking program.
AEE INTEC and Infineon are in charge of one of the so-called use cases within Arrowhead Tools which aims at using digitization solutions to increase the performance of industry buildings. In many new building projects, there is a considerable performance gap between the realized building and the energy consumption projected in the planning phase. Some of the reasons for that are that the boundary conditions used for simulations do not match the actual conditions once the building is built (e.g. weather conditions, user behavior, usage of the building).
Digital Twin for Building
Infineon Austria is currently investing €1.6 billion in several new buildings at their Villach location. Alongside a new 300-millimeter chip factory, a new R&D building is under construction. Within the Arrowhead Tools-project the new R&D building will be equipped with an innovative digital twin system. That means that measurement data from the building will be connected to a building simulation software in real time.
This will allow the heating, cooling and ventilation system to be controlled in an optimized way leading to increased user comfort and increased energy efficiency. Thereby, the control of the building can be adapted to changing boundary conditions in real time.
Participants at Arrowhead Tools Kick-Off meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden (May 2019) (Source: Arrowhead Tools)