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“Smart heating”: Jacobs University uses new heating regulation system

Andreas Pape, Head of Infrastructure at Jacobs University Bremen. Photo: Jacobs University

May 24, 2018

As part of its energy management program, Jacobs University Bremen has now equipped 16 lecture rooms with a new, self-learning and maintenance-free regulation system for heating. The installation, which was carried out in cooperation with the Bremen office of Kieback & Peter, saves costs, protects the environment and at the same time improves user comfort.

Jacobs University has kept its eye on its energy consumption for years. Two combined heat and power plants provide electricity, motion detectors and LED lights help to reduce consumption. The university's energy management follows the DIN EN ISO 50001 standard, the most demanding of all energy management systems. "But what is good can also be improved," says Andreas Pape, Head of Infrastructure at Jacobs University. "The new system is therefore an important step for us to further reduce our energy consumption."

The system called "en:key" uses sensors to detect whether someone is in the room and generates a usage time profile. It distinguishes between "room used" and "room not used". The system is capable of learning and profiles are continuously updated. The room sensor transmits the usage status to the valve controller, which regulates the heat supply accordingly, via radio.

Jacobs University does not stop at technical measures alone; it also raises its students' awareness of energy consumption. At the beginning of the academic year, they are trained in energy- and environment-conscious behavior - thereby making a contribution to sustainability and careful use of resources beyond the campus.

Further information on energy management at Jacobs University can be found at: