13th July 2018: TerOpta-led consortium awarded £1.3 million to investigate use of AI for energy efficient buildings. The UK government department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded the funding to TerOpta, Costain Group PLC and University of West of England (UWE) Bristol to carry out research into the use of Artificial Intelligence and IoT techniques to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. iREAP (IoT-enabled Real-time Energy Analytics Platform) will be a 2 year research project culminating in field trials of the system. TerOpta will lead the consortium and provide the IoT hardware platform whilst UWE will provide expertise in Big Data Analytics and AI and Costain will provide test sites and a cloud-based data environment.
16th March 2017: TeroLight product range to be renamed “GEM”. Since its original conception, the TeroLight building control system has developed from being simply an intelligent lighting control product to its present capability of providing full building energy management functions. It controls multiple building services, connects to numerous sensor types, and provides continuous monitoring of energy usage across a building portfolio. With its intuitive embedded graphical user interface for configuration, and the straightforward graphical presentation of energy data to help save energy, the product range will now be known as TerOpta GEM - the solution for “Graphical Energy Management”.
17th February 2017: Greenhouse Project wins Rushlight Environmental Management Award 2016-17. TerOpta has been rewarded, as part of a consortium, with an award at the tenth annual Rushlight Awards ceremony, held at the Royal College of Surgeons. The project team had created a highly efficient, low-cost, climate controlled greenhouse for commercial crops. TerOpta had supplied a low cost control system to operate the LED-based lighting, heating, ventilation, sun shades and CO2 injection systems. Other members of the consortium were: University of Nottingham, Geo Green Power, Micropropagation Services and Cambridge HOK. As well as winning the Environmental Management award, the project was also highly commended in both the Energy Reduction and Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry & Biodiversity categories.
19th December 2016: Innovate 2016 conference. TerOpta recently exhibited our UK-designed and manufactured low cost Building Energy Management System “TeroLight” at the prestigious UK innovation showpiece, Innovate 2016, generating plenty of interest.
21st October 2016: TeroLight system to be shown at simultaneous conferences. On 2nd November, TerOpta will be exhibiting the TeroLight energy management and building control system at not one but two significant conferences on the same day. As well as demonstrating the product at Innovate 2016 in Manchester, jointly hosted by Department for International Trade and Innovate UK, TerOpta has been invited to do the same at the “Engineering Tomorrow” Innovation Conference in Coventry, hosted by Costain Group plc. This event is expected to draw a large number of Costain’s customers and supply chain partners to learn about the latest innovations relevant to the construction industry.
3rd September 2016: TerOpta is an approved exhibitor at Innovate 2016. This two-day event, to be held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in November 2016, is jointly hosted by the Department for International Trade and Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. Now in its eighth year, the event is a global spotlight on innovation. TerOpta has been granted a place to exhibit our innovative Building Energy Management System, TeroLight.
21st July 2016: Major journal article published in connection with the ASSEMBLE project. TerOpta’s CTO, Paul Callan, is one of the authors of a significant paper recently published in the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. The 16 page article, entitled “A concept review of power line communication in building energy management systems for the small to medium sized non-domestic built environment”, features the research of the ongoing Innovate UK supported R&D project “ASSEMBLE”. It highlights the opportunities and challenges involved with equipping small to medium commercial buildings with advanced energy controls and proposes power line communication as a solution. TerOpta’s TeroLight system is an example of this concept and is presently the subject of field trials with other members of the project consortium. The article is freely available for download until 3rd September 2016 here.
5th May 2016: ‘TEROPON’ paper accepted for publication at the ICTON 2016 conference. The paper highlights some of the main findings so far in the Innovate UK supported R&D project TEROPON, which TerOpta is conducting along with Bangor University. This project is investigating the technical and market feasibility of software reconfigurable optical transceivers for Access networks. TerOpta’s Systems Consultant, Richard Dorward, will be presenting the paper at this year’s IEEE co-sponsored conference in Trento, Italy. A pre-publication version of the paper is available here. Note that the final published version will be available from IEEE Xplore and the copyright vests in IEEE.
21st March 2016: ASSEMBLE trial producing promising results. Installation of the ‘TeroLight EM’ building control and energy management system into the second ASSEMBLE project trial building is now nearing completion. But even when only part-installed the system was already operating and producing data that shows excellent cost and energy savings. Because TeroLight is modular in nature, parts of a building can be brought under control of the system and begin benefiting from an improved environment and energy savings even before the whole building is equipped. There is no need to wait for a completed installation and lengthy commissioning process before the benefits can be felt. The trial has generated plenty of interest, with other potential sites being identified for the next phase.
14th December 2015: ASSEMBLE trial installation to begin. In an exciting phase for the ASSEMBLE project, a major product trial of the ‘TeroLight EM’ energy management and building control system is about to begin. A large office block and an adjacent employee welfare block, belonging to Costain, one of the project partners, will be retro-fitted with the energy-reducing and cost-saving system. This Innovate UK supported R&D project also includes National Energy Foundation and University of Nottingham, whose knowledge is helping to optimise performance and analyse the results.