•   We use own and third party cookies to improve your user experience and our services, analyzing users' browsing in our website. If you continue browsing, we will consider that you consent to its use. You can get further information in our Cookies Policy

Open Energy

A Fully Open Source Prototype of Domestic Energy Infrastructure

Economic needs



€ 9.500
€ 5.000
€ 2.218
Filed on
28 / 04 / 2012

Non-economic needs

Looking for

  • Hardware Developers, Programmers

    Engineers and programmers who could collaborate in developing visualization software (app) and/or developing energy monitoring device.

  • Graphic and interaction designers

    Designers who could collaborate in designing new visualization and interaction interfaces of the system. It’s also wanted help in developing the web of Open Energy.

  • Diffusion and communication

    Journalists, communicators, bloggers, interested in working in the communication of Open Energy concept.

  • R&D

    Research cells interested in production models based in common logic and/or Smart cities.

See more

What is offered in exchange

Individual rewards

  • Contributing € 5

    Acknowledgment: Gratitude: Acknowledgement on the Web

    Your name will appear in the acknowledgement section on the Open Energy Web with your full name.

  • Contributing € 15

    Services: Participating in the workshop “Build your own Energy Monitoring Device”

    You could attend to the workshop in which an energy monitoring device will be made, and we will help you to build your own power consumption sensor (5h duration, Madrid and Barcelona). You will not need any prior knowledge of programming or electronics. Organization will provide you with materials needed for the workshop. Components for making the device will be provided by assistants to the workshop if they want to make their own monitoring system. (estimated cost of components is 60€; you will be informed about different components required and where to buy them) + Acknowledgement on the web.

  • Contributing € 30

    Services: Participating in the workshop “Visualize power consumption at your home”

    You could attend to the workshop “Build your own Energy Monitoring Device”, and in addition, to a second Workshop in which different visualization interfaces will be explored to visualize power consumption of different devices, and to synchronize the visualization interfaces with the monitoring systems (5h duration, Madrid and Barcelona).

  • Contributing € 40

    Product: Beta Visualization App before release

    The source code of Visualization Software + Tutorial describing the code of beta application before release + Acknowledgement on the web.

  • Contributing € 60

    Services: Consulting

    Technical consulting of online advice for the development of monitoring and/or visualization system + Acknowledgement on the web.

  • Contributing € 300

    Patrocinador: Sponsor: Emphasized recognition in press note and on the web

    Your full name or logo and organization will have a featured section as sponsor on the Open Energy Web + It will appear in the press note of the release and diffusion of the project.

See more


Fran Castillo

Fran Castillo
Fran Castillo (@francastillo) is an Architect/ETSAS and Interaction Designer /UPF. He is currently research director at Responsive Environments. Between his projects, stand out Ecovisualización-Ecoanalogización, developed at Medialab-Prado Madrid, and Augmented Ecologies, recently chosen in 2011 Subtle Technologies Festival Toronto, awarded with first prize in the 4th Advanced Architecture Contest IAAC “City Sense” Barcelona 2011, and in 2011 International Residency Program KIBU´S / Kitchen Budapest. Magyar Telekom's Innovation Lab, and I Digital Culture Festival UBICUA´11 Sevilla 2011. It was also chosen at 2011 Eme3 International Architecture Festival / COAC / ARTS SANTA MÓNICA / DHUB / ELISAVA Barcelona. Coimpulsor of Festival Pecha Kucha Night Sevilla. His work has been exhibited in Medialab-Prado/Madrid, Pecha Kucha Nights/Sevilla, La Casa Encendida/Madrid, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo/Sevilla, COAC/Colegio Oficial Arquitectos Cataluña/Barcelona, Subtle Technologies Toronto, Kitchen Budapest Medialab/Budapest and Dutch Design Week /Eindhoven.
My location
Social profiles
Send message
Send message
Show profile
Project in: Español

Share this project

Spread the word and help this project get more visibility and donations!

Open Energy

Open Energy aims to develop a platform to explore new systems of visualization energy use and to optimize it accordingly, both in domestic and industrial environments.

The system is built along two dimensions: first one, Energy Monitoring Device, which investigates open hardware devices in which monitoring power consumption, and a second dimension, Open Energy Visualization (Data Visualization / Augmented Reality App), which explores new ways of real-time visualization power consumption in domestic environments.

These systems will allow us to amplify our knowledge about the dynamic behavior of energy anywhere.

Open Energy is a prototype of energy infrastructure completely open source.

Main features

In view of the upcoming stage of evolution of Internet of Things (es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_de_las_Cosas), Open Energy considers the design of a visualization system which is inserted into a new energy distribution model, where invention of technologies will allow a decentralized redistribution of electricity production at a global scale, defining new frameworks of sustainable balance.

Open Energy Visualization (OEV) is a real-time visualization software on power consumption (kWh) and CO2 levels (g) at home. OEV seeks to implement the design of a Smart Grid system (intelligent electric distribution network) by inventing visualization technologies, sensors system and autonomous electricity production, allowing greater optimization of the energy distribution globally.

This visualization structures will allow new ways of relationship between energy and humans. Real-time visualization of power consumption patterns, and simulation of predicting consumption, will constitute new information systems through of whom we would be able to visualize power consumption, CO2 levels, nodes which have greater surplus in energetic production, real-time value of the electricity, etc.

This new model of smart grid, in opposition to the traditional model of hierarchical grid, presents designing a decentralized energy system, where anyone can become a generator node and a distributor of renewable energy. Open Energy as visualization environment generates new not perceptible representations of electrical dynamic behavior of humans in their living environment. These real-time visualization systems will enable us to adapt consumption behavior patterns in relation to consumption levels. 

+ Info about the Project in openenergy.francastillo.net/

Product A: Domestic Application for Energy Saving
The system will have a simple software interface, where users impute monthly its current power consumption in euros and the power consumption desired for the current month. With these data, the interface will report the actual instantaneous consumption and accumulated consumption in the current month so, on the basis of feedback and this information, we can act accordingly and reach the monthly savings goal.

Product B: Application for Energy Saving in Small Industrial Environments
In addition to above previously described product, the system will have several consumption measurement points (up to 5), such in a way that different consumption areas can be identified and they could be balanced, taking into consideration (when applicable) stand-by consumptions.

Why this is important

The project aims to develope a community around the Open Energy concept, developing monitoring and visualization systems to allow us, on one hand, to amplify our knowledge about energy and, on the other hand, explore development of an open infrastructure for a new energetic distribution model, through the Smart Grids/Smart City concept.

Open Energy is intended for any citizen and/or groups interested in knowing (and optimizing) energetic behavior in their homes and/or urban systems, through different tools of real-time visualization.

Goals of the crowdfunding campaign

The goal is developing an electricity monitoring prototype and real-time visualization interfaces.

It’s intended to generate a community of citizens interested in new ways of management energetic systems, based on open technologies.
Publish this widget
Publish wall of backers

Publish this widget

Embedding Code