SSE and IES, two of Scotland’s leaders in the property sustainability space, have joined forces to emphasise potential net-zero solutions via a digital model of the COP26 venues. A ‘digital twin’ of the campus location has been developed and will be showcased at the climate conference. The campus includes the SSE Hydro, SEC Armadillo, SEC Centre, car parks and surrounding land. The virtual campus will give visitors the ability to immerse themselves in a live representation of the site.
The “whole system approach” consists of: sustainable and renewable energy supply, solar & battery storage, wind turbine power generation, electric vehicle charging hubs, decarbonised heat networks, 5G data aggregation, buildings management systems, and even a human waste power conversion plant, accelerating the transition to net zero and creating a more resilient and sustainable energy system.
The AR rendering of the campus is accessed through a tablet or smartphone camera which provides an on-screen display of the entire campus. Users can then select buildings or systems, such as water usage or smart lighting, to discover the green potential within a live digital twin model.
Don McLean, CEO at IES said: “The Digital Twin we have developed with SSE has provided the opportunity to demonstrate how collaborations can unlock new thinking and drive forward novel approaches on the decarbonisation issue. In joining forces in this way, we aim to provide an example of what can be achieved and how end users can accelerate their own journey toward net zero.”
Stephen Stead, director of strategy and digital services at SSE Energy Solutions, added: “COP26 gives us a great platform for engaging with the public and communities on the complex issue of climate change. Digital twins are a great way of demonstrating and communicating large complex scenarios to promote the message of decarbonisation as we all move towards net zero. With cutting edge technologies we can set the framework for decarbonising heat, power and transport.”