DR-BOB at Sustainable Places 2017

This year the annual conference series was held at Teesside University, Middlesbrough from 28th – 30th June 2017. Allowing three separate presentations to be presented by the DR-BOB research Team.


Mario Sisinni from R2M presented; Value proposition and innovative business models for Demand Response enabled by the DR-BOB solution

The presentation reports the key results around business modelling development for demand response products and services enabled by the DR-BOB solution. Its scope is threefold: 1) illustrate how the functionality of the demand response solution can provide value proposition to underpin its exploitation by four specific customer segments, namely aggregators and three types of Owners of Blocks of Buildings in different market conditions; 2) explore key aspects of the business model from the point of view of a demand response solution provider, in particular around most suitable revenue stream and key partnership; 3) assess the importance of key variables such as market maturity, user engagement and type of blocks of buildings as drivers to market penetration and profitability.


Tracey Crosbie from Teesside University presented; Demand Response Technology Readiness Levels For Blocks Of Buildings

The presentation discusses the implementation ideas around Demand Response Technology Readiness Levels (DRTRLs) in the scenario of Blocks of Buildings (BoBs).


Slyvia Breukers from DuneWorks presented; Mind the gap when implementing technologies intended to reduce or shift energy consumption

This presentation addresses how building occupants impact on the potential of Demand Response (DR). A performance gap between expected and actual performance of technologies intended to reduce or shift energy consumption can arise when their functionality is not sensitive to how people currently live and work in buildings. The presentation is based on an examination of the extent to which the ‘design logic’ matches the ‘user logic’ in DR actions being implemented at four pilot sites in the UK, Italy, France and Romania. The analysis shows that the DR approaches designed for each pilot carry implicit expectations about building occupants and their behaviours and that these assumptions do not necessarily match with the building occupants’ energy use practices and expectations. The findings provide recommendations for improving the value propositions to underpin business models for DR in the context of the emerging DR market in Europe.

Each presentation is available to view at the following links:

Mario Sisinni (R2M) here

Tracey Crosbie (Teesside University) here

Sylvia Breukers (DuneWorks) here