New Horizon 2020 Project iBECOME is Underway

Date Published

27th Nov 2020

Karen Duffin
Corporate Communications Manager, IES

It’s been a busy year for the IES R&D team with several new projects kicking off following a raft of successful project proposals.

One of these is the Horizon 2020 funded project, iBECOME. The 42 month programme, which officially launched in June, involves a consortium of ten organisations. The project will aim to demonstrate a combination of novel technologies and new business models, in the form of a virtual Building Management System (vBMS), for optimising building energy performance and comfort conditions, while leveraging demand response to reduce operational costs. The iBECOME solution will be able to interconnect with 3rd party platforms for the collaborative provision of various energy and non-energy related services, either by using data from the iBECOME platform or the iBECOME vBMS to send signals to on-site equipment and end-users, or both.

Earlier this month the project team met virtually for their First General Assembly. Chaired by IES R&D Project Manager, Dimitris Ntimos, the General Assembly brought together 25 participants over three days for a series of virtual presentations and workshops covering the project’s progress to date and to discuss next steps. You can read more about what was covered here.

During the project, IES R&D will be responsible for the development of the iBECOME vBMS which will utilise both physics-based dynamic building simulation and data-based machine learning (ML) techniques to optimise thermal and visual comfort, energy performance and flexibility. Visualisation of performance metrics, insights and suggestions for manual operational interventions of building energy systems will also be displayed via the development of an iBECOME dashboard.

The project consortium hope to meet in person in May 2021 for their next general assembly (subject to COVID restrictions). In the meantime, you can head over to the iBECOME website or follow the project on Twitter or LinkedIn to keep up to date with all the latest project developments.

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