Saving energy via intelligent heating controls

Climate-KIC Start-Up

Founding Year: 2014

Location: UK

Space heating accounts for around 60% of UK domestic energy use and 60% of people admit to heating unoccupied rooms. OpenTRV is an intelligent replacement for a mechanical thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) at a similar price point. OpenTRV provides a simple-to-use controller to reduce the energy use and carbon impact of UK housing stock. It is a mass-market customer-retrofit shrink-wrapped product with a target of 50% reduction in energy use.

OpenTRV as a product is a novel valve controller, an open communications protocol and a boiler controller. OpenTRV as a company will supply reference designs, interoperability certification (akin to the WiFi-CERTIFIED programme of the WiFi Alliance) and specialist design services to industry (akin to ARM processor core licensing).

Team Members: Damon Hart-Davis (Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, B Sc, and Theoretical Computer Science, M Sc Mark Hill, Computer Systems Engineering, B Eng)