A new program has transformed Barcelona's FC Stadium energy system, making it one of the world's most efficient buildings, and providing a clean energy environment for the neighborhood.
Most people know Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium because it is home to one of the most successful and recognized football (soccer) teams in the world, Barcelona FC. The massive infrastructure can host 96,336 spectators, making it the largest stadium in Europe and the 11th largest in the world in terms of capacity.
While the first team only plays an average of 30 official games in the stadium every year, the Camp now also hosts the games of the Barcelona B team. Further, the sports city also comprises the Mini Stadium, the Palau Blaugrana (where the Barcelona basketball team plays), and the Barça Museum, the most visited in the city.
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Obviously the energy requirements for this complex are huge, and smart management is critical. That's why the European Union's BEAMS project, a multinational initiative funded by the 7th framework program, selected the Barça stadium to test its smart building management system.
The objective of BEAMS -- or Buildings Energy Advanced Management System -- is to develop an advanced, integrated management system to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and special infrastructure from a holistic perspective. Evaluation and demonstration of BEAMS initiatives are being tested in the Camp Nou, as well as Italy's Salento University.
The project includes an open interoperability gateway and the management of diverse, heterogeneous sources and loads. When fully implemented, BEAMS can manage all energy subsystems in a building, including lighting, HVAC, photovoltaic generation (smart solar panels), charging of electric vehicles, and metering. The system uses an array of environment sensors and meters with local energy grids, interface to external grids, and integration of dedicated services and applications via local and wide area communication networks to feed its Facility Management Environment System (FAME), which is responsible for identifying and classifying the situations that will trigger the execution of corrective actions and commands. FAME also provides indicators on how the system is using energy, changes in temperature, energy produced, etc., allowing for the creation of energy optimization strategies.
One interesting feature of this program is the monitoring of the energy consumption of electric vehicles located on the installations. Currently the Barça stadium is using three EVs -- one for waste management service and another two for surveillance and security. The EVs are located in the service area of the stadium, and they use them around the entire complex.
The EU will fund the BEAMS project until the end of this year, when the final metrics and conclusions will be presented. If all goes well, this project could present a framework for managing energy holistically, setting an example for the rest of the world.
— Pablo Valerio, International Business & IT Consultant