Xigrid is a cloud-based smart indoor environment technology that improves energy consumption and climate in buildings, and reduces CO2 emissions.
Using internally designed controllers, the system collects large amounts of data on indoor climate, air quality, and space usage for each room. These data, together with the externally sourced data on weather, electricity prices, and room bookings, are then processed by machine learning algorithms. The algorithms optimize work of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). This way, Xigrid minimizes electric power consumption for a building, and improves air quality and temperature comfort in the premises.
By making consumption of electricity smarter, buildings become more energy efficient. This, in its turn, results in reduction of CO2 emissions by the buildings.
According to European Commission, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. The 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive are the EU’s main legislation covering the reduction of the energy consumption of buildings. On the 30 November 2016 the Commission proposed an update to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive to streamline the existing rules and to help promote the use of smart technology in buildings. Xigrid is such a technology.
According to US EPA, studies from the United States and Europe show that persons in industrialized nations spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors. And for small children, the elderly, persons with chronic diseases, and most urban residents of any age, the proportion is even higher. By constantly analyzing data for indoor environment, and enhancing air quality and temperature comfort in buildings, Xigrid improves mental and physical wellness of visitors.
Xigrid is designed for:
- Hotels and restaurants
- Shopping centers
- Public administration buildings
- Schools and universities
- Hospitals and clinics
- Passenger ships, trains, and other transportation
- Offshore platform living quarters
Xigrid is a solution for:
- Smart cities
- Electric power grids
- Electricity producers and distributors
UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) covered by Xigrid
The team behind Xigrid is passionate about solving the problem of inefficient indoor climate controls. This is simply something that does not allow us to sleep well at night, as, although inconspicuous, the deficiency costs billions of dollars to businesses each year. The founders came up with Xigrid while Mike discussed his university research with Dima. The founding team has a combination of core engineering expertise and practical business experience.
Dima is a business developer and a former Ernst & Young consultant. He started and developed a number of successful business projects in IT, education, and international trade, as a sole proprietor and in partnership. With 3 master degrees (economics, finance, communication), Dima’s last degree is a business MSc from NHH (Norway). He is fluent in 5 languages, has a broad international network, and occasionally speaks at various events on startup investing matters.
Mike is an electric engineer with profound knowledge of electronics and energy management. He said no to a career at ABB to work on Xigrid. With 2 bachelor degrees (engineering, economics) and 2 masters (engineering, project management), Mike has led various international indoor climate related innovation initiatives, supported by, among others, Fortum and Sweco. Mike’s latest study is an engineering MSc from Aalto (Finland), with exchange semester at KTH (Sweden), resource management course at NHH (Norway), and non-study collaborations at DTU (Denmark). Mike also led his team to winning a prestigious engineering competition EBEC in Finland.
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