Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Instituto de energía solar


Monitor for real time verification of the amount of power generated, consumed and interchanged with the grid.


MagicBox is an energy self-sufficient solar house located at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (ETSIT) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). It combines bioclimatic design principles, PV solar energy integration, local energy storage technology and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to monitor and control the house power flow.

MagicBox was originally designed to participate in the Solar Decathlon 2005 contest, being the first house from an European university to take part in this event. Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive design. After finishing the competition, MagicBox was installed at the ETSIT under the Heliodomo project framework. This house hosted the R&D project GeDELOS-FV that early studied the integration of PV hybrid and load control technologies in order to explore the possibilities of self-consumption using PV technology, local storage and controllable consumption in the residential sector. MagicBox also hosted the project VE2 whose main objective is the development of a software platform to manage the interaction of electric vehicles parked and connected to the electric grid of a building and the electric consumption of the whole building.



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