DR BOB aims to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of demand response in blocks of buildings for energy retailers, aggregators, electricity network operators and facilities owners and managers.


The DR-BOB project is a European collaborative project co-ordinated by Teesside University working the following partners from the UK, France, Italy, Romania and the Netherlands: Siemens, CSTB, Nobateck, GridPocket, R2M Solutions, Fondaxione Poliambulanza, Dunworks, Servelect and the Technicla Univeristy Cluj-Napoca.

To demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of demand response for the different key actors required to bring Demand Response services in blocks of buildings to market the DR-BOB project has the following ambitious but achievable objectives:

  • Integrating existing technologies to form the DR-BOB Demand Response energy management solution for blocks of buildings with a potential ROI of 5 yrs. or less.
  • Piloting the DR-BOB energy management solution at 4 sites operating under different energy market and climatic conditions in the UK, France, Italy and Romania with blocks-of-buildings covering a total of 274,665 m2, a total of 47,600 occupants over a period of at least 12 months.
  • Realising up to 11% saving in energy demand, up to 35% saving in electricity demand and a 30% reduction in the difference between peak power demand and minimum night time demand for building owners and facilities managers at the demonstration sites.
  • Providing and validate a method of assessing at least 3 levels of technology readiness (1-no capability, 2-some capability, 3-full capability) related to the technologies required for consumers' facilities managers, buildings and the local energy infrastructure to participate in the demand response energy management solution at any given site.
  • Identifying revenue sources with at least a 5% profit margin to underpin business models for each of the different types of stakeholders required to bring demand response in the blocks-of-buildings to market in different local and national contexts.
  • Engaging with at least 2,000 companies involved in the supply chain for demand response in blocks of buildings across the EU to disseminate the projects goals and findings.

Members of the project consortium (sitting from left to right; Back row: Guillaume Bourda, Nicolas Pastorelly, Filip Gluszak, Nashwan Dawood, Regis Decorme, Victor Sellwood, Vladimir Vukovic, Pierre Boisson, Richard CharleTheophile Mertz, Igor Perevozchikov, J.Federico Galluzzi, Tania Caputo, Ethan Lumb, Huda Dawood. Front row: Federico Noris, Muneeb Dawood, Tracey Crosbie, Andrei CeDenisa Stet, Izabella Geapana, Luc van Summeren, Sylvia Breukers)

Project Duration: 3 Years
Project Start: March 2016 - February 2019
Budget: €5,136,769.50

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