Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SmartCOMBI (Energy savings in residential buildings using a modular platform to control an all-in-one unit for water heating, climate control, and ventilation)
Reporting period: 2016-03-01 to 2016-08-31
The project examines the technical as well as the social barriers in the value chain toward the end-users – and has identified some essential needs and characteristics for a modular product to succeed in the market.
The objective with the project is:
• To identify the market potential and entries.
• To identify the barriers to the market to overcome in a phase 2.
• To evaluate the company resources and capabilities to fulfil a successful phase 2.
• To examine the freedom to operate with respect to IPR.
• To make a business plan.
• To make a phase 2 implementation plan.
Surveys among manufactures has been performed, end-user preferences has been examined and market data has been exploited. The findings are three different market entries, depending on the manufactures resources and capabilities and that the majority of end-users have the preference for products with IoT capability and an easy to adapt user interface without too may information.
To broaden the household market take-up, the platform must however be re-engineered in some aspects to reduce size and costs while at least maintaining the high performance so far observed in our initial pilot tests.
To meet the manufactures needs, the easiness of adapting a new solution and to test and verify the performance is essential, as fast to market and spared implementation costs are critical parameters when selecting a solution provider and ‘next years’ technology.