OpenTRV will present on 27 October at Smart Future London 2014, in City Hall, London: www.smartfuture-london.com
OpenTRV (www.opentrv.org.uk) designs intelligent radiator controllers that significantly lower heating bills, cut carbon emissions and improve comfort levels in homes and small commercial buildings. The concept of zoning to reduce energy requirements is well established in large commercial buildings with energy management systems. OpenTRV brings this to smaller buildings at low cost and adds in novel features such as occupancy sensing and learning algorithms. The business model is founded on the commoditisation of the hardware, and the OpenTRV reference design is available for download and modification with its open hardware and software licensing.
With an open, low cost and low power sensor platform used as the basis for the OpenTRV hardware, the platform is now being adapted for applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. OpenTRV, which is supported by Climate-KIC www.climate-kic.org) through its accelerator programme, ensures that no radiator is left behind in the world of IoT.
EnergyDeck will present on 27 October at Smart Future London 2014, in City Hall, London: www.smartfuture-london.com
EnergyDeck (www.energydeck.com) addresses environmental sustainability in organisations. Tracking, analysis and reporting of energy and resource consumption is still mostly based on spreadsheets, leading to operational inefficiencies and missed opportunities. Further, there are no publicly accessible databases of savings measures with detailed performance data for different types of buildings and use cases; and analysing large amounts of data (especially including smart meter readings) is a tedious and complex task even for experts - and powerful tracking and analytics tools often come with high price tags.
EnergyDeck's goal is to help scale energy and resource efficiency to a mass market by giving users access to a powerful platform that enables users to identify inefficiencies and savings potential.
EnergyDeck is based on the latest open-source Web 2.0 technologies. A free version allows anyone to sign up and start using the platform immediately. The collective intelligence of EnergyDeck users provides relevant benchmarks and savings projects.
Q-Bot will present on 27 October at Smart Future London 2014, at City Hall, London: www.smartfuture-london.com
Q-Bot (www.q-bot.co) designs and develops intelligent tools for use in the built environment, thus allowing easier, cheaper, safer and more effective execution of jobs that are normally labour-intensive and difficult for human workers to undertake. Contractors and installers can 'rent a robot', improving their productivity and allowing them to offer new services to their clients. The initial target market is the application of under-floor insulation, an environment which is currently inaccessible for human operatives without prohibitive disruption and cost.
Microcab will present on 27 Oct at Smart Future London 2014, at City Hall, London: www.smartfuture-london.com
Microcab (www.microcab.co.uk), founded in 2004, is pioneering the design of lean weight, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from its base in Coventry, UK. It is supported in its R&D activities by Coventry University, a shareholder in the company. Other key development partners include Lotus and MIRA. The Microcab team has twelve years’ experience in the design of fuel cell vehicles, having integrated a range of fuel cells into various new vehicle designs from 2001. All vehicles are specifically designed to improve air quality (with zero emissions at point of use) and be extremely efficient, supporting the global sustainability agenda as resources become more scarce.
The Microcab vision foresees a ‘New Mobility’ where alternate ownership models (such as car clubs) allow vehicle platforms to be designed within the paradigm of a continuous economy. This shift will bring together new business models, lean weight design, zero emission powertrains and connected, autonomous control architecture to give flexible, clean and integrated mobility with the user at its centre.
TravelAI will present on 27 October at Smart Future London 2014, at City Hall, London: www.smartfuture-london.com
TravelAI’s (www.travelai.co.uk) technology detects travel modes with smartphones in order to improve journey times and travel experiences. Blue chip clients use the CarbonDiem app to automatically calculate travel carbon footprints. With WeCycle, the company has begun the biggest ever travel survey to show government where investment will have the biggest impact on cycling safety. Next year will see the launch of MilesBetter to automatically log business miles, helping employees effortlessly claim expenses and companies recover tens of thousands in fuel VAT while ensuring tax compliance.
TravelAI’s biggest asset is the combined intelligence of its community. They know the local tracks and can show which routes are suffering from congestion or disruption. The data lets citizens make smarter choices, saving time, frustration and money. And it gives future cities rich detail on transport systems so they can evaluate pinch points, identify trends and make informed decisions.
ENERMAP will present on 27 Oct at Smart Future London 2014, at City Hall, London: www.smartfuture-london.com
ENERMAP (www.enermap.eu) analyses energy data and produces decision-making tools for people looking to rent, buy or retrofit buildings.
The company uses its in-house algorithms to analyse publicly available energy data of buildings, in order to provide (a) targeted reliable information to the public on how to improve the energy efficiency of its building and (b) customer leads to energy retrofit companies for a monthly subscription fee. ENERMAP also provides basic information on the energy performance rating of buildings across Europe, allowing users to easily compare buildings and share information through social channels, thus striving for a change towards more energy conscious behaviour. The online platform that ENERMAP provides can also host energy data for both auditors and country-specific energy offices/agencies.
ENERMAP, currently incubated at Imperial College London and accelerated through the Climate-KIC programme, is the brainchild of Dr Alexandros Charalambides, Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology, Mr Paris Thomas, Communication Specialist, and Mr. Kyriakos Ktorides, Database and Computer Scientist.
Carbon Analytics will present on 27 October at Smart Future London 2014 at City Hall, London: www.smartfuture-london.com
Carbon Analytics (www.co2analytics.com/) was formed in 2013 by a team of graduates from the University of Oxford in the belief that it should be easy for companies of all sizes to reap the rewards of managing their environmental impact. It is committed to removing the barriers to carbon management, and to guide as many companies as possible on their journey to building a greener business and a greener supply chain.
It is a member of three thriving communities in the UK's start-up scene, including the Oxygen Accelerator, EU CLimateKIC programme, and the Sirius programme by UK Trade & Investment.
A morning event, on 28 October 2014, in the 'Funding Cleantech' series, takes place during Smart Future London 2014. The event, organised by Cleantech Investor, is sponsored by K&L Gates, ZaZ Ventures and Clean Capital and will be hosted by K&L Gates at its London offices.
The European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme includes a number of calls which relate to 'smart cities'. These include calls in areas such as urban transport innovation, energy efficiency in existing buildings and visionary smart cities projects, all of which have been allocated significant funding budgets.
The morning will involve a panel discussion with expert speakers and will include both consortium building workshops and panel discussions of:
- Progress so far: an overview of Horizon 2020 since the launch
- Smart City funding opportunities: a review of the outstanding and forthcoming Horizon 2020 calls in this space
- The biggest pitfalls of proposal writing and how to avoid them
- Case studies of companies which have succeeded in raising funding
Consortium Building Workshops
The event will include a series of workshops aimed at facilitating consortium building (an important aspect of Horizon 2020 since the EC prioritises projects with an international component). Workshop themes will include:
Urban transport innovation
Energy efficiency of the existing building stock
Visionary smart city projects
Heating and cooling technologies
The role of local authorities
Speakers and workshop moderators will include: