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Horizonte 2020 - Fast Track to Innovation Pilot: Búsqueda de empresas/industrias de prestación de servicios de energía para desarrollar una plataforma de auditoría para eficiencia energética global


Búsqueda de socios
Una sociedad anónima italiana que ofrece servicios de eficiencia energética, gestión energética, contadores inteligentes y optimización del consumo de electricidad, gas y agua para edificios y naves industriales busca socios con el fin de presentar una propuesta a la iniciativa Fast Track to Innovation. El objetivo del proyecto es desarrollar un sistema automático de auditoría energética a partir de la aplicación ETA (Energy Track -Y- Audit). Se buscan empresas de servicios energéticos, asociaciones empresariales o autoridades públicas. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 1 de junio de 2016 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 15 de mayo. El proyecto tendrá una duración de 24 meses.


Horizon 2020 - Fast Track to Innovation Pilot: energy service companies/industries needed to realise and auditing platform for global energy efficiency
The project coordinator is an Italian joint stock company providing energy efficiency services, energy management, smart metering and optimisation of electricity, gas and water consumption for building and industrial plants.
The proposed project intends to develop an automatic energy auditing system, starting from the already implemented ETA (Energy Track -Y- Audit) application, under Horizon 2020 - FTI Pilot call. The partner sought is an ESCO, trade association, company or public authority.
The 27/2012 Energy Efficiency Directive imposes reachin:rgy savings target by 2020 in EU, by reducing final energy consumption, through the identification of some management tools, like the Energy Audit that provides an organisation with a description of actual energy system and possible actions to improve efficiency.
The project intends to develop an automatic energy auditing system for building and industrial plants, starting from the already implemented Energy-Track-Audit application. The ideal duration is 24 months.
The current ETA Energy Track -Y- Audit application software is based on a cloud tool to support operators for the carrying out of their energy audits. It presents a simple and intuitive interface that guides the customers in filling out the diagnosis, which is a precise evaluation of energy consumption profiles of buildings and industrial sites, highlighting the opportunities for energy savings, pointing out the energy wasted and the possible improvements.
In the diagnosis reports, there is the detailed identification of projects and ideas for energy efficiency that can be adopted by the site (managing also multi-sites), and to be red and well understood by the operators, as first step to initialise a virtuous circle.
However, there are no automatic software solutions for energy audits, since the algorithms must be developed yet. In fact, all the current available tools are based on the knowledge and experience of a person or group of people entrusted to make out an audit, so their experiences, even professionally conducted, is often sectoral and not carried out with a wide-ranging knowledge.
Therefore, starting from the current stage of development, the project intends to improve the auditing system, becoming dynamic, with and automatic processing of indicators for assessing the energy performance of the site.
These indicators can be then compared with the sectoral benchmarks, offering a list of efficiency projects, applicable to the specific site, with an economic and financial evaluation of each intervention (e.g. simple payback, IRR, NPV, etc.).
The site energy model and the list of measures to improve efficiency will evolve in response to both of the changes introduced by the customer data (energy prices, production levels, etc.), and in relation to new technologies (BAT) for the efficiency introduced within ETA.
The consortium is already formed by a provider of energy efficiency services (coordinator), that will be responsible of software and algorithms implementation, an ESCo (Energy Service Company), responsible for carrying out concrete actions to improve energy efficiency and an agency for environment and energy management that validate the audit process.
A further partner is to be identified among one of the following categories:
- ESCO (Energy Service COmpany) or facility manager companies to assess the energetic audits;
- Trade Associations to help define EPI (KPI), BAT, methods and then validate them among their own members (mainly industries);
- Industries/Companies to evaluate ETA (Energy Track -Y- Audit) on their own systems;
- Research bodies to provide specialised studies in energy efficiency measures;
- Public Authority to validate the audit.
As for the Programme framework conditions, the call foresees the following expected impacts:
- fast development, commercial take-up and wide deployment of the sustainable innovative solutions (products, processes, services, business models etc.);
- time to initial market take-up no later than 3 years after the beginning of the FTI project;
- enhanced competitiveness and growth of business partners in the consortium, measured in terms of turnover and job creation;
- increased industry participation;
- leveraging more private investment into research and/or innovation;
- addressing (where appropriate) transnational value-chains and EU-wide or global markets.
EoI : 15.05.2016
Call: 01.06.2016
Project duration: 24M
Advantages and Innovations:
The proposed innovation is focused on the development of an automatic auditing system for building and industrial plants, starting from ETA application (Energy Track -Y- Audit).
ETA is already implemented by the project coordinator, but it is in need for new algorithms implementing automated diagnostic functions based on the processing of possible energy efficiency measures, estimating the economic and financial parameters of each action.
The main goal is to make the auditing system no longer static, but dynamic, generating a database containing data for energy audits, like BAT (Best Available Technologies), described in reference documents (BREFs). Each document generally gives information on specific industrial/agricultural sectors in EU, on the techniques and processes used in the sector, current emission and consumption levels, techniques to consider in the determination of BAT, economic valuation techniques (cost-benefit analysis) following the application of BAT and emerging techniques.
Other important information are performance indices of various sectors (Environmental Performance Index - EPI), public and available in the literature, which are compared with the performance index of the site subjected to energy audit.
BAT and EPI databases have to be created automatically or with screens to be filled, constantly updated, so that the evaluation algorithms, parameterised as a function of these update data, can present the best economic and technical solution.
Therefore, if an intervention on energy saving is initially too expensive, with the evolution of certain techniques, it may become feasible at a later date and can be proposed in the audit.
The advantage is to make easier and immediate the energy auditing, with a wide and updated range of techniques and benchmarks. Furthermore, this knowledge base is wider than the human knowledge, less sectoral, and including different cases and solutions that go beyond the experience of a single professional expert.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPR Status:
Comments Regarding IPR Status:
There are currently no existing patents. The intellectual property of the ETA software remains with the project coordinator.
A future Consortium Agreement will define the rights and settlements for each partner.

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
The partner sought (neither Italian, nor French) belongs to one of the following categories: - ESCO (Energy Service COmpany) or facility manager companies to assess the audits; - Trade Associations to help define EPI (KPI), BAT, methods and then validate them among their own members; - Industries/Companies to evaluate ETA on their own systems; - Research bodies specialised in energy efficiency measures; - Public Authority for the audit validation.
Type of Partnership Considered:


Type and Size of Client:
Industry 250-499
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Languages Spoken:



Evaluation Scheme:
Single stage
Anticipated Project Budget:
Budget to be decided
Coordinator Required:
Deadline for Call:
Project Duration:
Project title and Acronym:
APOGEE Auditing PlatfOrm for Global Energy Efficiency