Artificial Intelligence will reduce the energy consumption in the City of Copenhagen

A new collaborative project between Copenhagen Solutions Lab and Copenhagen City Properties, Facility Management and Procurement will optimize the energy consumption further in the buildings of the municipality with the help of artificial intelligence.

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Artificial intelligence, that based on data about the weather and the use of buildings, among other things, precisely can predict when and how much heat and ventilation the individual kindergarten or day-care centre needs.

This can be the City of Copenhagen’s next tool in the green transition. Over the course of the next two years new technology shall optimize the consumption of energy and indoor climate in around 300 of the city’s properties that are less than 3.000 m2, e.g. day care centres. This will not only contribute to a smaller energy consumption and carbon savings, but also reduce the municipality’s heat and electricity bill. With the new Finance Act the project has been allocated five million Danish kroner.

Shall reduce both carbon emissions and energy consumption

More specifically, the project will analyze the use of buildings through artificial intelligence and sensors, among other things, to find models that can predict and manage the energy consumption as necessary. When the energy consumption becomes smaller the carbon emissions are also reduced because the power stations do not need to produce as mush energy and with that CO2. The technology in the project also paves the way for the heating of the buildings to be moved to times during the day where the energy network is less loaded – e.g. in the early hours of the morning – so the heat becomes cheaper. Hence there is a potential for the City of Copenhagen to both contribute to the green transition and economize on the heating bill.

About the project

The project is part of a number of signature projects that through the financial agreements for municipalities and regions and the Finance Act has received funds to test artificial intelligence. When the project is finished the solutions will be made available for other agents so the project can contribute to boost the green transition of other municipalities.

In charge of the project is Copenhagen Solutions Lab together with Copenhagen City Properties, Facility Management and Procurement. It is expected to start in the beginning of 2021.