DEXMA R&D Projects

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DEXMA Research & Development

DEXMA was founded in 2007 with a clear objective: to disrupt the energy management software market by creating innovative tools to save energy and improve the energy performance of buildings.


Ever since, we have beein strengtheninga cutting edge research &
development strategy led by an expert team
that delivers energy innovation projects at the national and international levels. This is how DEXMA plays an important role in bringing emerging trends such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, storage, microgrids, demand response and more to energy markets worldwide.


Do you have an energy innovation project in mind? Get in touch with the R&D team if you think we can collaborate:

Discover our Energy Innovation Projects:

e4SME Project

Utilities today must fight against lower incomes and higher churn rates. SMEs lack time and resources to pore over detailed energy management analytics tools, yet they are equally (or more) sensitive to energy as a running cost.


e4SME will help utilities boost SME engagement by helping them identify scalable energy savings. e4SME will target and segment SMEs by energy savings potential and opportunity type, identifying unique operational and retrofit opportunities in near-real time.


This innovative solution has been validated by one of the top 10 utilities in Europe. With e4SME, DEXMA seeks to achieve sales revenues of over €33 million after 5 years, reaching 740,000 EU SME-clients and saving more than 6 TWh of final energy consumption and 3 MT CO2 emissions.


Partners: DEXMA (Spain)

Duration: September 2018 – August 2020

Budget: 1,546,750 €

Subsidy: 1,082,725 €

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FEEdBACk Project

The objectives of the FEEdBACk project are to develop, integrate and trial a wide range of energy-focused ICT and behaviour modification applications, that will be used to engage energy users and permit them to understand and change their energy consumption-related behaviour in three different built environments (Office/Research Labs, Schools, Domestic smart homes) in three climatic settings (northern Portugal, Mediterranean Spain, and northern Germany).

This project is funded by the European Commission under the call H2020-EE-2017-RIA-IA, topic EE-07-2016-2017 – Behavioural change toward energy efficiency through ICT.


Partners: Instituto de Enegenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (Portugal), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( Switzerland), Dexma (Spain), Limetools ( United Kingdom), In-jet (Denmark), Kreis Lippe der Landrat (Gemany), ERF (Spain).

Duration: November 2017- October 2020




RESPOND will deploy and demonstrate an interoperable, cost effective and user-centered demand response (DR) solution. The latter will use energy automation, control and monitoring tools to integrate a cooperative demand response program into legacy energy management systems. Through interactions with end users in three different pilot sites across Europe, RESPOND will raise awareness by delivering data-driven recommendations for energy demand reduction and influence end user behaviour to make users an active part of the DR loop. 

This project is funded by the European Commission under the call H2020-EE-2017-PPP, under the topic EE-12-2017 – Integration of Demand Response in Energy Management Systems while ensuring interoperability through Public Private Partnership (EeB PPP) 


Partners: Fenie Energia (Spain), Fundacion Tekniker (Spain), Alboa Almen Boligorganisation Aarhus (Denmark), Aura Radgivning (Denmark) Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileain Arann Teoranta (Ireland), National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland), Institut Mihajlo Pupin (Serbia), Develco Products (Denmark), Energomonitor (Czech Republic), DEXMA (Spain)

Duration: October 2017- September 2020

EU project RESPOND


EcoBot Project

Eco-Bot aims to leverage recent advances in chatbot and advanced signal processing technology (i.e. load disaggregation) using low-resolution smart meter data with the goal of changing behaviour toward energy efficiency. Through a personalised virtual energy assistant, Eco-Bot will deliver information on energy usage down to the appliance level. The chatbot channel aims to achieve a higher level of engagement with consumers by adding more interaction with existing platforms that have been proven in different market settings.

This project is funded by the European Commission under the call H2020-EE-2017-RIA-IA, topic EE-07-2016-2017 – Behavioural change toward energy efficiency through ICT


Partners: Estabanell Y Pahisa Energia (Spain), Botego Bilgi Teknolojileri (Turkey), Adelphi Research Gemeinnutzige (Germany), Senercon (Germany), Dexma (Spain), University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom), Plegma Labs (Greece), Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny W Katowicach (Poland)


Duration: October 2017- December 2020




The aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive solution for real-time energy load management (EV, lighting, HVAC, storage etc.) and to optimise PV resources to nudge building energy management closer to the NZeB (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings) concept .

The system will consist of two components: 1. Energy loads management SaaS integrated with advanced decision support functionalities and predictive algorithms and 2. Energy optimisation hardware controllers (based on IoT communication standards) with integrated algorithms for control actions on selected loads.

This project is funded by Centro para el Desarrollo Industrial (CDTI) and Ministrstvo za gospodarski razvoj in tehnologijo, within the Eurostars call.


Partners: DEXMA (Spain), RAZVOJNI CENTER ENEM (Slovenia), COMSA EMTE (Spain).

Duration: March 2017-  February 2019

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The main objective of this project is to integrate a Big Data and Artificial Intelligence tool with DEXCEll Energy Manager, using the market know-how provided by Justa Energia and El Component. This market disruptive tool will be composed of the following:

  1. An upgraded benchmarking module to identify energy-saving potentials.
  2. An innovative proactive engine (based on pattern recognition and energy forecast techniques).

The output of this tool takes the form of an energy manager chatbot for DEXMA partners and an innovative proactive engine to ensure proper communication and follow up with end customers

Total Budget: 352,326€

DEXMA’s Budget: 243,354€

Partners: DEXMA (Spain), Justa Energia (Spain), El Component (UK)

Duration: November 2016 – November 2019





FlexDSM Project

The objective of the FlexDSM project is to develop an advanced system based on DEXCell Energy Manager that enables the implementation of demand management mechanisms for SMEs and small businesses. This solution will be comprised of a software component that uses optimisation algorithms to maximise energy benefits as well as a physical gateway to connect local systems with the software component. The aim is to achieve a significant reduction in energy costs by exploiting flexibility while guaranteeing user comfort (tertiary and commercial sectors) or established production KPIs (industrial sector).


This project is funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) as well as BPI France, through the bilateral Eureka France-Spain call.


Partners: MTAIR (France) and DEXMA (Spain).

Duration: October 2016- September 2018

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MODEM Project

The main objective of the MODEM project is the development and validation of predictive models and demand management for its implementation in the utilities sector or public services and infrastructure companies, in order to achieve a more sustainable and efficient management of the resources, advance in the digital transformation of the sector towards a context of smart meters and network intelligence, and generate service strategies adapted to the needs of the client-prosumer.


Partners: Naturgy (Spain), SUEZ Advanced solutions (Spain), Cetaqua (Spain), ABS, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain), EURECAT(Spain) , CS2AC(Spain), Smilics (Spain), Kernel (Spain), Aqualogy (Spain), DEXMA (Spain).

Duration: January 2018- February 2021

Total Budget:  2,059,721€

DEXMA’s Budget: 260,970€



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The project “Personalization of services for the improvement of the customer experience” is focused on taking a step further in the services offered by the Utilities to its customers, creating personalized personalized services tailored to each client, designed based on their participation active in customer engagement activities, and thanks to the use of facilitating technologies for sensorization and data capture. It will also focus on the personalization of services and multi-channel interaction, with the ultimate goal of improving the relationship with customers and increasing the transparency of Utilities 4.0.


Partners: Naturgy (Spain), Sociedad general de aguas de Barcelona (Spain), Cetaqua (Spain),I2CAT (Spain), EURECAT(Spain) , Bemobile(Spain), (Spain), IOT Partners (Spain), DEXMA (Spain)

Duration: October 2017- July 2020

Total Budget: 1,404,067€

DEXMA’s Budget: 157,002€



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REFER Project

The objective of the REFER project is to develop a solution that enables cost reduction for energy efficiency projects in buildings in the tertiary and residential sector that are seeking to become Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs). For tertiary buildings, this is made possible by improving energy management systems (monitoring systems, generation, storage etc) implementing new concepts to improve solar panels, fuel cells and new methodologies for reusing electric vehicle (EV) batteries in buildings.


This project is co-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Funds (FEDER).


Partners: COMSA EMTE (Spain), AMB (Spain), ALME (Spain), BAXI (Spain), CIMNE (Spain), CINERGIA (Spain), CTM (Spain), DEXMA (Spain), EURECAT(Spain), FAE (Spain), IREC (Spain), LEITAT (Spain), MILLOR ENERGY SOLUTIONS (Spain), UPC (Spain), and WORLDSENSING (Spain).


Duration:  June 2016 – December 2018


Total Budget: 3.4 M€

DEXMA’s Budget: 146,273 €

Grant Funding: 1.3 M€




BEEST Project

The objective of the BEEST project is to develop a system to reduce energy costs in hotels and office buildings, while guaranteeing occupant comfort. The project involves the development of a series of applications that can enable energy savings of more than 30% by:

  • Providing energy managers with new, data-driven knowledge and insights into building energy performance and building energy consumption
  • Generating recommendations for possible energy savings that can be obtained manually by the building manager.
  • Contributing with automatic energy saving actions, bypassing the need for the energy manager’s intervention.
  • Helping energy buyers to reduce cost per kWh when negotiating with energy retailers.


This project has resulted in the company eQualtiq and was funded by the Innoenergy organization and the European Institute of Technology (EIT).


Partners: COMSA Corporación (Spain), DEXMA (Spain), Tecnalia (Spain), Enervalis (Belgium) y EnergyVille (Belgium).


Duration: April 2014- December 2016

Equaltiq - Innovacion Energia InnoEnergy



The aim of the MIDNATTSSOL project is to develop a advanced system to integrate surplus solar energy in real time. By accounting for the energy consumption of an advanced HVAC system, the system can optimise solar power according to demand and increase the overall efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of buildings that generate their own solar power


This project has resulted in an application of optimisation of consumption and production of photovoltaic solar energy.


The app is called Solarview and is already available on the Energy Apps Market of DEXCell Energy Manager. You can also try a free DEMO of the energy management platform. 


This project was financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA-Grants) together with the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI).


Partners: COMSA Corporación (Spain) and DEXMA (Spain).


Duration: February 2014- December 2015

Innovación Energía CDTI Ministerio Economia Competitividad



Dexma Sensors is a beneficiary of the EMPLEA 2016 call of the State Plan for Scientific, Technical and Innovation Research 2013-2016 with file number EMP-TU-2016-5070.

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Meet the DEXMA Energy Innovation Team:

Miguel Cruz - R&D DEXMA

Miguel Cruz
R&D Director

Miguel is an Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and holds a Master in Economics and Regulation from the University of Barcelona. He has worked as a researcher at CITCEA-UPC, IREC and has also served on the National Energy Commission. Miguel currently leads the DEXMA R&D department.

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Laura Martínez
R&D Project Manager

Laura is an Industrial Engineer from the University of León and holds a Master in Renewable Energy. She is also a specialist in H2020 project management with a certification from La Salle. Laura has worked at CIRCE Foundation as well as the Laser Center of Hannover. She is currently responsible for planning and executing R&D and innovation projects at DEXMA.

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