Neighbourhood Oriented Brokerage ELectricity and monitoring system

Europe and the rest of the world share common goals towards energy efficiency and sustainability. Improving energy efficiency addresses the key energy challenges of climate change, energy security and competitiveness. Distributed generation of energy coming from various vendors, even private homes, is a big challenge and, at the same time, a generator of new business opportunities for tomorrow’s power management systems.

The NOBEL project will build an energy brokerage system with which individual energy consumers can communicate their energy needs directly with both large-scale and small-scale energy producers, thereby making energy use more efficient. The brokerage system will use a middleware system to communicate relevant data and IPv6 technology to interconnect the middleware with sensors and energy meters on individual devices.

The NOBEL Approach

Since even today, (parts of) the power system are highly nonlinear with fast changing dynamics, it is hard to predict disturbances and undertake counter measures on time. In existing approaches electricity is distributed to the final users according to its expected estimated demand, usually pre-computed yearly. Such non-dynamic approaches, are difficult to evolve and cannot accommodate changes in the system. By having a cross-layer and open information flow among the different actors involved we can make better and more timely predictions, and inject new dynamics in the system (e.g. locality of energy production, direct interaction of business processes with the energy management systems etc) that will lead to better energy management and achieve higher energy savings.

Our group is responsible for the development of the middleware connecting devices of heterogeneous networks and providing the necessary communication abstractions to enable the improved planning and control with a new level of detail of energy distribution.


NameNeighbourhood Oriented Brokerage ELectricity and monitoring system
Duration31.01.2010 - 30.12.2012
FundingEuropean Commission, FP-7
ContactRobert Sauter