Any idea supporting reduced energy consumption and hence less import dependency for Turkey can be developed. If they will support a carbon-free future as a viable business model or a project with large social impact in society – it’s only limited by your creativity!

Here, the idea is to reduce energy consumption either by new ways of visualization, games or control systems. Anything which decreases bills for private households or can decrease Turkish energy dependencies is possible. Of course, participants are not obliged to solely rely on the data provided by the organisers us, but also use any data, tools and websites available.

Challenge I

The Smart Hotel

How can we use the energy and guest data in a hotel for a more efficient energy usage?

Hotels are one of the most energy intensive facilities, with correspondingly high energy costs. Energy consumption in the hotel rooms is driven by the behavior of the hotel guest, which in particular cannot be controlled.

A typical hotel guest is not familiar with controlling the HVAC system in his room. For that reason, it cannot be expected that he/she will turn on/off the HVAC each time when entering/leaving the hotel room. In a typical scenario, a guest would turn on the HVAC on check-in and will run it permanently for the time of hotel stay. Considering the fact, that hotels guests are spending most of the time outside of the hotel, there seems to be a potential for improvement.

Challenge II

The Smart Energy Bill

How can we help private households comparing their heating and electricity bills? Can we gamify this approach in local neighbourhoods or develop a new web platform for the comparison of electricity suppliers?

In general, private household owners are not aware of the energy efficiency of their houses. This is mostly because there is no proper way of accessing and comparing the energy consumption among them. For example, many households still operate energy-inefficient HVAC systems simply because they are not aware of the fact that their HVAC uses outdated inefficient technology. The same applies for other home appliances.

If private household owners would be given a way to assess their energy usage this would help them to understand the energy efficiency potential of their houses and to act accordingly. At the same time the households get annually one energy bill that is based on one energy meter reading. The main challenge is to develop a technological solution that allows energy assessment based on a very little amount of energy-usage-data.

Can you design an intelligent solution that will allow energy assessment for private households, that can cope with limited amount of energy data?

Challenge III

Smart heating controller

How can we tune old heating systems with simple technology from a regular corner shop and control them with our smartphone?

In the heating sector, reductions in energy consumption can often only be achieved by the installation of a completely new heating system. Installation costs but also waiting times make this option not always attractive or even sustainable if the replaced heating system is a mid-age one. A prototype for the upgrade of such a heating system is given by an independent equipment developer.

The heating system controller, which can be controlled via mobile phone networks or wi-fi does not need any smart-home application. An interface for its communication with the phone needs to be developed and designed. New ideas for usage can be found and integrated for this type of controller.