the European Union
The ORIGIN project funding finished at the end of 2015. The project fully achieved its objectives and technical goals and exceeded expectations. The results from the projects can be found in the deliverables section of this website. The forecating system is still working in the 3 communities.
ORIGIN is a sophisticated intelligent ICT system for the management of energy in a community.
This link gives an overview of the technical aspects of the project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTWqP7NlBlU&feature=youtu.be
This link gives information on Damanhur's experiences in the project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dRlthgqdcY
The ORIGIN control system orchestrates energy demand within a community with the aim of better aligning it to local renewable generation This is leading to imported energy savings and associated financial and on and off site emission benefits. User-friendly tools are providing energy demand and supply forecasts and these are used to suggest when to do certain tasks or in some cases to actuate tasks. A simple example of this would be to propose the scheduling of energy demanding tasks, such as operating a washing machine, in periods of expected high renewable energy supply. The expected renewable energy supply forecast is based on weather forecasting predictions used to calculate the potential wind and or solar energy. The project is also exploring possible business models for the commercialisation of this system.
The project is a collaboration of eight organizations from five different European Union member states. The developed solutions will be validated in three eco-communities in three different climatic setting in northern Scotland, southern Portugal and the Italian alpine foothills.