MAS2TERING was a three-year technology-driven and business-focused project (2014-2017), aimed at developing an innovative information and communication technology (ICT) platform for the monitoring and optimal management of local communities of prosumers. MAS2TERING combined an original business vision, with goals towards the enablement of local energy aggregation markets, utilizing a set of enabling technologies from the artificial intelligence, communications, and security domains. Last-mile connectivity solutions were combined with a distributed optimisation platform, and the security of communications enhanced, to enable effective and secured electricity management at distribution level and create new business opportunities. Doing so, the project enabled new collaboration opportunities between grid operators and telecom and energy companies, both from technology and business perspectives.


Recent communications from the European Commission (EC) have called for a redesign of the energy markets (COM340) to take advantage of system-wide flexibilities and a New Deal for EU energy consumers (COM339) that empower choice and participation in the smart grid.  In MAS2TERING, home area network ICT technologies were developed that connect consumers and prosumers to the grid and then apply multi-agent system optimization techniques with the objective to lower consumer energy bills and facilitate DSO capacity management – and this has benefits on the grid at large. In November 2016 the EC published the “Winter Package” and the guidance contained is being integrated into the final results of MAS2TERING.

A final summary of the Mas2tering project results is available for download here: Mas2tering synthesis report for consumer organizations



2017 events:

23 – 24 May 2017, Birmingham, UK

DCAI 2017
21 – 23 June 2017, Porto

Mas2tering workshop at Sustainable Places 2017
28 – 30 June 2017, Middlesbrough, UK

IEEE ISGT Europe 2017

26 – 29 September 2017, Torino, Italy

 Project Use Cases

Energy boxes & smart meters connection; Consumption profile optimization

MAS2TERING centred on the domestic user and on the exploitation of the in-home monitoring and communication infrastructure required to enable the HAN management either on its own or as part of the local management. The primary objective was to establish a secure and effective connection between the commercial Energy Box developed by TI and the smart meters of UK and Belgium and also to demonstrate that such a connection can support consumption profile optimization at home level.

Decentralized energy management in a local area with Multi-Agents

MAS2TERING assessed the benefits of using the MAS to optimise the use of flexibility in a local area. The local area is identified by a local community of prosumers, all represented by the same Local Flexibility Aggregator. Flexibility is again provided by the prosumers, but in this case the optimization does not involve each end user only as an individual, but empowers them to participate in a larger community. The scope of the optimization was to reduce the costs associated with the energy bill of each individual end user.

Enhancing grid reliability, performance and resilience

MAS2TERING targeted the LV grid, intended as the portion of the grid supplied by one individual MV/LV substation (that is also the so-called “local area”). This portion of the grid may include several communities of prosumers, each represented by one individual Local Flexibility Aaggregator. The scope was therefore to demonstrate that local communities’ management enabled by MAS, at LV level, can be effective in dealing with grid congestions at local level and enhance grid performance, reliability and resilience.

Use Case 1


Use Case 3