Future Cities Project
Late last year, Professor Rajat Gupta of Oxford Brookes’ Low Carbon Building Group led a team of experts to win a £100k grant for research into future energy management. The grant was awarded as part of the Technology Strategy Board funded Future Cities Solutions Competition, which rewards solutions for UK cities facing challenges in energy, data and transportation.

The £100k funding is currently being used for a project called COBWEB (Common Building Energy Platform on the Web), which is scheduled to run until 31 March 2014. The Phase 1 project is developing a prototype data platform for (real time) power and heat usage, with the ability to identify community trends and individual usage patterns in both domestic and commercial buildings. The project brings together a highly successful team of experts, and is led by the world-leading Low Carbon Building Group of Oxford Brookes University who provide COBWEB with technical expertise on energy, building tools and platforms. The team also includes software experts Mastodon C, who provide technical expertise in Big Data platforms, data-mining and visualisations, and Rickaby Thompson Associates, the leading industry experts in building energy who provide commercial and management expertise.

The COBWEB prototype is a next generation and innovative common building energy platform on the web, which has the capability to rapidly data-mine, report, map and track ‘real-time’ energy usage in domestic and commercial buildings. It has the ability to revolutionise energy management in buildings and if successful, COBWEB can provide a valuable insight into how and why energy demand changes in order for cities to respond quickly.

In Summer 2014, Professor Rajat Gupta and his team of experts will make a further bid of one million pounds sterling to complete Phase 2.

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