THE TESTBED DESIGN
The testbed is designed with flexibility and adaptability in mind. It is designed so as to be able to incorporate almost any product or service imaginable, and together with other solutions make one integrated real-life trial system. The KTH Live-In Lab testbeds are open for all who wish to conduct research and tests on products, services or processes within an area that has bearing on the real estate and construction sectors. Research on new business models and collaboration structures are also possible.
Testbed KTH (apartments)
Testbed KTH is located in a building permit free residence area in one of Einar Mattsson's three plus-energy buildings at KTH Campus Valhallavägen. The premises are a total of 305 sqm distributed on approximately 120 sqm living space, 150 sqm service space and a project office of about 20kvm. Within Testbed KTH, different apartment configurations will be rebuilt on an annual basis, and KTH will rent these out to students who apply to stay in the test apartments. The testbeds are extremely flexible in terms of geometry and installations. The testbeds also have their own solar cells, their own boreholes with the possibility of replacing the collector and soon also their own wind turbines.
Within the 150 sqm, different formations of apartments will be built up depending on the projects currently in progress. The innovative environment is designed to accommodate future technology, but it initially provide insight into today's cutting edge technologies such as vacuum panels, low-voltage grids in apartments, phase changing materials and energy storage, "tri-generation" (production of heat, cooling and electricity), vacuum wc, smart lighting just to mention a few. In addition to clean product tests, the testbed enables adaptive control and control systems, extended sensor installations and future IoT platforms to develop new services and processes related to user and property data.
The buildings have load-bearing exterior walls. The interior walls and all apartments are constructed of light materials. With the chosen technology, the potential for change is large, which in addition to research on future housing, also creates the prerequisites for researching issues related to the existing built environment, such as the environmental programs or single-family houses. Systems involving different lifetime techniques can be tested and optimized. Important parameters that affect management strategies and planned maintenance can be investigated, adjusted, optimized and packaged in business models and strategies.
Testbed EM (Einar Mattsson, student apartments)
Testbed EM consists of 305 student apartments and is located at KTH Campus Valhallavägen. The testbed consists of three buildings with concrete exterior wall elements. The size of standard apartments is 19.5 sqm and all apartments have their own kitchen and shower room. The buildings have a shared laundry room and a post room. The buildings are heated by preheated supply air. Hot water and heat are generated via heat pumps connected to 12 boreholes with a total length of 3600m, and several boreholes have fiberoptics installed for temperature measurement longitudinally. The roof surfaces are covered by 1150 sqm of photovoltaic panels. There are a total of 50 sewage heat exchangers installed, both vertical and horizontal. Extract and supply air can be adjusted in all apartments. Hot water, electricity, CO2 and light are measured in all apartments. Regulation and control systems are possible to influence for research purposes. The buildings are plus energy buildings.
Testbed AH (Akademiska Hus, Education Building)
Testbed AH is the new Educational Building at KTH Campus Valhallavägen. The building is equipped with hundreds of sensors, measuring everything from relatively common values such as electricity, water, airflow and CO2, but also moisture content and movements in different parts of the building. The building is in operation and generates a great amount of data that can be used by KTH Live-In Lab.
Testbed NCH (Nordic Choice Hotels, hotel)
Testbed NCH consists mainly of hotel rooms at Hotel Hobo at Brunkebergstorg in Stockholm, but also includes the possibility of accessing conference facilities and the restaurant. The building is flexibly structured for instrumentation depending on which research and development projects are desired. Thanks to the fact that the building is operated as a hotel and thus has a high rate of tenant turnover, Testbed NCH enables a high test frequency.
Purpose and objectives of the project
The purpose of the KTH Live-In Lab is to shorten lead times from research results to market introduction. The purpose of this project is to enable testing and research in more testbeds deployed in various operations to enable extended and competitive testing activities. The goal of the KTH Live-In Lab is to enable new, competitive, environmentally-friendly and sustainable products and services to reach the market faster. The aim of this project is to increase the number of testbeds, thus enabling more new products and services to reach the market.