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At first sight, people do not think there is anything unusual about the typical tower block at the harbour in Aarhus. But they are wrong. The 12-floor concrete building has integrated technology equipment worth of millions, and now researchers are starting the largest full scale experiment so far with intelligent control of energy use (Photo: Henrik Olsen).

In the basement of Grundfos dormitory (Grundfoskollegiet), technical equipment monitors the energy use in the 132 apartments with a few seconds interval. Top photo: Steffen Petersen, Aarhus University School of Engineering (right) and Michael Dahl Knudsen PhD student, Department of Engineering.  At the lower photo, the researchers are visiting Michael Brusgaard Christensen, engineering student at Aarhus University in his apartment. (Photo: Henrik Olsen)

2013.04.02 | Research, Public / media, Staff, Future students, Department of Engineering, School of Engineering Aarhus University, Environment, climate and energy

AU gets 12-floor energy lab

Researchers at Aarhus University School of Engineering have started using a new dormitory as a full scale energy lab. During the next three years, they will carry out what seems to be the world's most radical monitoring program. 24 hours a day, they log the energy use in the 132 apartments with only a few seconds interval. The purpose is to…