Traditional Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) have long been relied upon for monitoring energy usage within buildings. However, these systems have significant limitations when it comes to managing the increasingly diverse distributed resources within buildings and various types of power consumption. The experience of building managers alone is not sufficient to efficiently optimize energy consumption in real-time, leading to inefficiencies and increased energy costs.

Recognizing the shortcomings of traditional BEMS, Dr. Jeong Hak-geun and his research team at the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) have developed a groundbreaking building energy management platform technology. This innovative platform leverages artificial intelligence and probabilistic/statistical methods to manage the real-time malfunctions and operating status of distributed resources within buildings. By automating the analysis of operating conditions, fault diagnosis, and resource optimization, the platform enhances efficiency and reduces energy costs significantly.

Through rigorous data collection, modeling, and analysis, the research team achieved a fault detection accuracy of over 98% for distributed resources within buildings. Moreover, the platform incorporates state-of-the-art secure communication technologies, including quantum cryptography and quantum-resistant cryptography, to ensure robust security against cyber attacks at security level 5. With autonomous operation technology and a nonlinear optimization algorithm in place, the platform can respond to and recover from faults in distributed resources promptly.

After a year of verification in a mock-up testbed simulating a real building environment, the platform technology developed by Dr. Jeong Hak-geun’s team resulted in more than 17% energy cost savings compared to existing BEMS. Furthermore, the research outcomes have led to the production of 50 SCI(E)-level papers, 27 patent applications (with 4 registrations), and 8 cases of successful technology transfer. These achievements underscore the excellence and potential commercial viability of the research.

The building energy management platform technology developed by Dr. Jeong Hak-geun and his team represents a significant leap forward in transforming buildings into energy-efficient entities. By harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, statistical methods, and secure communication technologies, the platform enables real-time optimization of distributed resources, fault detection, and energy cost reduction. With its proven efficacy and potential for widespread adoption across various building types, this innovative technology is poised to revolutionize the way buildings consume and manage energy, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.


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