Open Dynamic System

for Holistic energy Management of the dynamics of energy supply, demand and storage in urban areas


This section includes links and networks with external communities and initiatives relevant for the Odysseus project and acting in the Energy Efficiency Thematic domain network.

It will include also list to the different channels related to the project dissemination activity:

URB-Grade project

URB-Grade: Decision Support Tool for Retrofitting a District, Towards the District as a Service

The URB‐Grade project designs, develops and validates a Platform for Decision Support that will allow the city authorities and utilities to promote and choose the correct actions to upgrade a district to become more energy efficient, cost effective and to increase comfort for its citizens in a District as a Service Platform  approach.

URB‐Grade project is coordinated by Mirko Presser, Alexandra Institute of Denmark. The project duration is 39 months starting from 1st November 2012.

IREEN Project

IREEN – ICT for Energy Efficient Neighbourhoods

IREEN is a strategy project which examines the ways that ICT for energy efficient and performance can be extended beyond individual homes and buildings to the wider context of neighbourhoods and communities.

IREEN is funded under the EC’s 7th Framework Programme as a Coordination and Support Action.  Grant Agreement Number 285627.  The project commenced 1st September 2011 for 24 months (August 31st 2013).  The project budget is a total of 1,464.5K Euros.

The key aim is to extend the notion of energy positive buildings and by extension, districts and neighbourhoods.  “Energy positive” are buildings / areas being those that have the capacity to generate more energy than they use.  This can be achieved in three ways:

  • Low energy consumption – less than the energy than they have produced over a given time
  • Facilitating eco-responsible behaviours
  • Consuming low energy over their “life cycle” requiring less energy for their construction and less for the use by users/occupants.

IDEAS: Intelligent NeighbourhooD Energy Allocation & Supervision

Energy positive neighbourhoods (EPNs) are those in which the annual energy demand is lower than energy supply from local renewable energy sources . The IDEAS project aims to illustrate how communities, public authorities and utility companies across the European Union (EU) can be engaged in the cost effective and incremental implementation of EPNs. To achieve this, the IDEAS project will design, test and demonstrate:

  • A neighbourhood energy management tool to optimise energy production and consumption;
  • User interfaces that engage communities and individuals in the operation of EPNs;
  • A decision support urban planning tool to optimise the planning of neighbourhood energy infrastructures;
  • Business models to underpin EPNs that engage end users, public authorities and utility companies.

Intrepid project

The INTrEPID project aims to develop technologies that will enable energy optimization of residential buildings, both performing an optimal control of internal sub-systems within the Home Area Network and also providing advanced mechanisms for effective interaction with the external world, including other buildings, local producers, electricity distributors, and enabling energy exchange capabilities at district level.


Ambassador is a research and development project aiming to develop and Autonomous Management System Developed for Building and District Levels by developing real time adaptive and predictive behavioural models of buildings and districts, exposed to weather conditions, human presence, energy-efficient materials and technologies. Such models will allow finding optimal supply/demand balancing. Within the aims of the project is the development of a solution that tackles the district energy management and information system (DEMIS) concept that will establish in real-time energy schemes for a district.


The READY4SmartCities project intends to increase awareness and interoperability for the adoption of ICT and semantic technologies in energy system to obtain a reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emission at smart cities communities level through innovative relying on RTD and innovation outcomes and ICT-based solutions.

The goal is to support:

  • A new energy data ecosystem that will accommodate cross-domain data (climatic, occupation, pollution, traffic, activity, etc.) and will allow the exploitation of such data at global scale; by identifying the set of ontologies relevant to energy-efficiency in Smart Cities and the different requirements and guidelines on how to use (publish and interchange) data described according to those ontologies.
  • A holistic and shared vision, allowing feasible step-by-step action plans for city authorities and other relevant stakeholder groups to develop and use ICT-based solutions for energy system in urban and rural communities towards future Smart Cities, and thus, leading to reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions.