New virtual 3D model to help demonstrate and design energy systems  

2009.12.16
Energy City Frederikshavn, utility company Frederikshavn Forsyning and Aalborg University have launched a virtual 3D energy model which can calculate, predict and visualise energy systems
Energy City Frederikshavn, utility company Frederikshavn Forsyning and Aalborg University have launched a virtual 3D energy model which can calculate, predict and visualise energy systems. The model was presented on 12-13 December at Bright Green, an exhibition in Copenhagen held in association with the ongoing COP15, where Danish and international companies and organisations showcased their climate solutions. The news is reported in a press release from Aalborg University.
 
The 3D model shows in figures and graphics the effects of various energy initiatives and the connection between various energy technologies. The user can for example install offshore wind turbines, increase or decrease the use of electricity and heating, put electric cars on the roads and solar panels on the roofs of buildings – in this case using Frederikshavn as a model.
 
Lecturer Erik Kjems of the Knowledge Centre for 3D GeoInformation at Aalborg University says: "The platform is unique because you can give the objects in the model properties so they can act independently in relation to their surroundings. This is possible because there is a small programme behind each object that, in addition to showing the geometry such as a building, in this case can show the Energy City's energy system in an intuitive way." He adds, "It means in practice that all types of information can be incorporated in the model which then can be used as a user interface to for example politicians and case workers."
 
At Bright Green, the model was used to visualise the energy concept for Energy City Frederikshavn, while in  the long term the plan is to expand the model so it can be used as a demonstration and design tool for example in association with system exports and sales of energy systems.

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