Horizon 2020: domOS – Operating system for smart services in buildings

The European Research & Innovation project domOS funded by the Horizon 2020 programme aims at developing and demonstrating an operating system for smart services in buildings.

Digitalisation in existing buildings is not as widespread as in other sectors. Consequently, building owners and occupants generally have a limited understanding of their building as an energy system. Improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings can and should be achieved through deep renovation. In comparison, smart technologies can increase the efficiency and flexibility of buildings in a shorter term and with much fewer investments.

The domOS project addresses the smart building sector through two axes:

In the first axis, technology, guidelines for an open, secure, multi-service Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem for smart buildings are defined: in-building gateways, which connect to local smart devices and the smart appliance of any type, IoT platforms, and applications operated by different parties can be integrated seamlessly. Building owners can enforce privacy rules, they can allow/forbid access to any measurement or control point.

The second axis deals with the development of smart services. They increase the energy efficiency of space heating (heat pumps, district heating, gas boilers) thanks to innovative control algorithms using smart sensors and smart heating appliances. Automated advice services provide concise and sound information on building energy. Buildings become active nodes of an electricity grid or a District Heating grid.

Inea’s role in the project is technical coordination of the consortium of eleven partners from five countries, as well as providing the energy management technology and know-how. This is primarily related to our extensive experience in energy management and flexibility trading through the Virtual Power System and FlexOffer technologies, which will be used and upgraded to suit the individual needs of the five demonstration sites.

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 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 894240.