Harnessing computer power to revolutionise domestic energy consumption

Harnessing computer power to revolutionise domestic energy consumption

The EU-funded POBICOS project is harnessing innovative computing applications to develop a cutting-edge home-automation platform that could dramatically change energy consumption.

The POBICOS project hopes to develop a computer-based platform that will make energy-saving technology easy to apply in homes. In an effort to fight climate change, the home-automation project will produce and test revolutionary technology that will in turn lead to the development and deployment of these innovative applications.

The energy-saving potential of low-power electronics, miniaturisation and wireless communications technologies could in time drastically minimise energy consumption. By developing a technology that will allow programmers to develop a new generation of portable applications, appliances could harness operational settings that use resources differently.

POBICOS has a fund of €3.2 million, €2.3 million of which has been awarded by the EU, and will run for three years. The project is part of the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It is to be led by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and will benefit from the input of partners such as: the Warsaw University of Technology; the Centre for Research and Technology in Thessaly; Accenture Technology Labs; SAE Automation; and the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources in Greece.

The project will concentrate on developing a unique platform that will lead to greater home and building automation. POBICOS hopes to see the development of products that use its middleware technology, as well as indicative proof-of-concept applications.

Such products will use sensor and actuator equipment to measure the temperature, humidity and light levels of a domestic environment. They could then potentially regulate blinds, windows, air-conditioning units, lights, refrigerators or other domestic appliances to maximise energy efficiency.

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