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DRIMPAC mission

DRIMPAC “Unified DR interoperability framework enabling market participation of active energy consumers” is a recent project founded by the H2020 EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Energy Efficiency Innovation Action. The project, started in September 2018 has a total duration of 36 months.

The main outcome of DRIMPAC is to develop a comprehensive solution to empower consumers to become active participants in the energy market. DRIMPAC aims to bridge the gap of communication between grid/market and buildings by providing a unique and universal technological framework that facilitates the end-to-end communication of the necessary information for the discovery and delivery of demand flexibility.

Our challange
The European energy system is currently missing out on a vast source of demand flexibility that could provide multi-faceted benefits to the system, the energy generation and demand flexibility of buildings. This is mainly caused by the lack of communication between grid/market and buildings as well as the lack of interoperable intelligent building management systems that can respond to grid or market signals.
DRIMPAC vision

Obj. 1: To transform buildings into active participants of the European energy market through the use of intelligent, interoperable and demand-response-enabled building management systems.

Obj. 2: To improve building energy efficiency and reduce energy costs via intelligent DR-enabled building management systems, while preserving comfortable and healthy indoor environments

Obj. 3: To propose, demonstrate and validate innovative and viable business models and offerings for next-generation energy retailers who understand the need to move into digital energy services and improve customer engagement, loyalty and mindshare

Obj. 4: To unleash the building demand response potential in the EU by contributing to the necessary adaptation of the policy and standardization landscape

Obj. 5: To actively promote the DRIMPAC solution as the key technological and business enabler for the participation of buildings in the energy market

DRIMPAC solution
DRIMPAC aims at providing a unique and universal technological framework that facilitates the end-to-end communication of the necessary information for the discovery and delivery of demand flexibility as well as enhances building management intelligence in order to coordinate energy generation and demand for the mutual benefit of the prosumer and the energy system, while preserving comfortable and healthy living conditions.
Our targets
Strike the right balance between comfort preservation and energy conservation via environmental and preferences monitoring and intelligent algorithms

Support multiple building topologies covering over 90% of building stock and 40% of final energy use in Europe

Support various energy mixes (electricity, gas, district heating) for a holistic optimization framework[

Leverage local generation and storage infrastructure (self-consumption, load shifting, thermal inertia)

Provide a cost-efficient solution using off-the-self components for networking and sensorial infrastructure

Offer user friendly UIs taking into account the profiles of the end-users and their (lack of) technical expertise

Address the interoperability gaps and standards fragmentation by developing an end-to-end solution covering the major standards (OpenADR, OneM2M, IEC 61850…)