Antoine Malinge – S’Tile SA; Bernhard Rotter, Georg Sulyok – Vienna University of Technology

STILORMADE innovation consist in photovoltaics module manufactured with crystalline silicon solar cells interconnected with a patented pad-to-pad technology. This specific feature allows for customising PV modules to user needs such as size, voltage or current while ensuring high energy yield and competitive production cost. Particular advantage consist in the possibility to produce modules with distinctive aesthetic such as full black modules (no visible busbars) or stylised patterns (S’Tile sunrays or leaf patterns).


GEOFIT – Deployment of novel GEOthermal systems, technologies and tools for energy efficient building retroFITting

David Martín Moncunill, COMET

GEOFIT is an integrated industrially driven action aimed at deployment of cost effective enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) on energy efficient building retrofitting. This entails the development technical development of innovative EGS and its components, namely, non-standard heat exchanger configurations, a novel hybrid heat pump and electrically driven compression heat pump systems and suite of heating and cooling components to be integrated with the novel GSHP concepts, all specially designed to applied in energy efficient retrofitting projects. To make viable the novel EGS in energy efficient building retrofitting, a suite of tools and technologies is developed, including: low invasive risk assessment technologies, site-inspection and worksite building monitoring techniques (SHM), control systems for cost-effective and optimized EGS in operation phase and novel BIM-enabled dedicated tools for management of geothermal based retrofitting works (GEOBIM platform). Furthermore, the project is commited with the application of novel drilling techniques as the improved low invasive vertical drilling and trenchless technologies. GEOFIT brings these technical developments within a new management framework based on Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions for the geothermal based retrofitting process.The IDDS driven process will materialise in the Geo-BIM enabled Retrofitting Management Platform (Geo-BIM tool). By using the 5 demonstration sites as open case studies in 4 countries and climates, featuring different representative technical scenarios/business models, GEOFIT will leverage its key exploitable results, adapted business models and market oriented dissemination for maximizing impact and wide adoption of these novel geothermal technologies and approaches.


4RinEU – Robust and Reliable technology concepts and business models for triggering deep Renovation of Residential buildings in EU

A big part of Europe’s building stock is inefficient in terms of energy use, mainly as a consequence of excessive heat losses through building envelopes and lack of efficiency of the HVAC systems. Very few buildings are undergoing deep renovation, and when it happens it results often more expensive than initially foreseen. Renewable energy production is still often underestimated, even if there is throughout Europe a big availability of RES. The project 4RinEU is meant to provide an answer to these challenges, providing new tools and strategies to encourage large-scale renovation of existing buildings, fostering the use of renewable energies, and providing reliable business models to support their applications. 4RinEU will minimize failures in design and implementation, manage different stages of the deep renovation process, from the preliminary audit up to the end-of-life, and provide information on energy, comfort, users’ impact, and investment performance.


EnergyMatching: Adaptive and adaptable envelope RES solutions for energy harvesting to optimize EU building and district load

The overall objective of the project is to maximize the RES harvesting in the built environment by developing and demonstrating cost-effective active building skin solutions as part of an optimised building energy system, being connected into local energy grid and managed by a district energy hub implementing optimised control strategies within a comprehensive economic rationale balancing objectives and performance targets of both private and public stakeholders.


HEPHAESTUS: Highly automatED PHysical Achievements and PerformancES using cable roboTs Unique Systems

Hephaestus addresses novel concepts to introduce Robotics and Autonomous Systems use in the Construction Sector where at this moment the presence of this type of products is minor or almost non-existent. Hephaestus project focus to give novel solutions to one of the most important parts of the construction sector which is the part related to the facades and the works that need to be done when this part of a building is built or need maintenance. Hephaestus project proposes a new automatized way to install these products providing at the end a whole solution not only highly industrialized in production but also in installation and maintenance. Hephaestus has been conceived as a solution for accomplishing multiple tasks on vertical or inclined planes of the built and outdoor environment. Hephaestus is mainly based on a cable-driven robot. Hephaestus integrates several technologies that are already developed into a multiple job performer. Besides the cable-driven robot, there is a modular end-effector kit. This modular end-effector kit is capable of hosting several tools. From one side, it can host task accomplishing tool, which can be different at each time where Hephaestus is applied. On the other side, it also hosts all the accessory devices that are necessary for the sensing and controlling the system. It must be pointed out the Multi-functionality of the Hephaestus. Hephaestus solution would be capable of accomplishing several tasks within the built environment, for instance, scanning of the building structure to obtain high accurate plans of its final state and the connection with the BIM model of the building, installation of prefabricated panels, painting, cleaning a curtain wall in a high-rise, replacing damaged elements, repair of cracks, maintenance of possible solar cells etc.


HIT2GAP: Highly Innovative building control Tools Tackling the energy performance gap

The actual energy consumption of buildings in Europe often significantly exceeds the expected energy requirements. This gap in energy performance can arise from construction errors or from differences between the way a building was intended to be used and how it is actually used. A typical office building will use much more energy than the design team and client expected at the design and construction phases.  An innovative project, called ‘HIT2GAP’ is now seeking to solve this problem, in order to help to reduce the gap between the anticipated energy use of a building and what actually happens once the building is occupied. The reasons for ‘the gap’ relate to the fact that the design and construction of a building involves compromises, construction issues and unforeseen behaviors, some of which will have an energy impact.  


HyCool: Industrial Cooling through Hybrid system based on Solar Heat

HyCool Project Mission is increasing the current use of Solar Heat in Industry Processes, and to do so the project proposes the coupling of a new Fresnel CSP Solar thermal collectors (FCSP) with specially build Hybrid Heat Pumps (HHP) (a “2_in-1” combination of adsorption and compressor based heat pumps) for a wider output temperature range (Solar Heating & Cooling –SHC-), and to provide a wide range of design and operational configurations to better fit each case, hence increasing the potential implementation of the proposed Solar Heat in industrial environments. The two main features of HyCool System are Flexibility and Efficiency and they will allow different strategies for a technically and economically viable system. During Capital Expenditures phase simplicity will be aimed at pursuing easiness in design configuration optimization, modular construction and ITS  for commissioning. During Operational Expenditures the optimum balance between the HyCool System Operational Flexibility and Efficiency will be targeted to maximize HyCool cost-effectiveness to each individual case.


TABEDE: TowArds Building rEady for Demand rEsponse

To fully realize the European Demand Response potential, buildings must enter Demand Response schemes and expose all available flexibilities, including HVAC and thermal inertia, to the aggregator. However, several existing limitations need to be overcome:

  • Interoperability and communication: A variety of communication technologies, protocols and data models are used in building automation and energy management systems and numerous smart grid standards exist.
  • Cost: It is often cheaper to install a new BMS than to spend time and money to adapt an existing BMS.
  • Functionality: Current BMSs do not support demand response applications out of the box. Moreover, market-ready interoperable solutions do not exist that considers DR potential of thermal inertia and comfort-related systems in buildings.

TABEDE aims to allow all buildings to integrate energy grid demand response schemes through a low-cost extender for BMS systems or as standalone system, which is independent of communication standards and integrate innovative flexibility algorithms.


Case study: combining solar roofs and electric mobility in intermediate cities of Colombia

Dario Fernando Fajardo, Andrés Darío Pantola Bucheli; Universidad de Nariño, Colombia

The integration of solar roofs, electric and non-electric bikes are important to improve local mobility and achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability. These are part of efficient instruments to reduce emissions in the city and the cost of local transport that enhance the benefits to citizens.


INNOQUA: Innovative Ecological on-site Sanitation System for Water and Resource Savings

INNOQUA will accelerate the path to market of a modular set of innovative, patent-protected, award-winning and scalable fully ecological sanitation solutions that address wide market needs in rural communities, for agricultural industries, for sustainable home-builders or collective housing owners and for developing countries worldwide. The modular system is based on the purification capacity of biological organisms (worms, zooplankton and microorganism) and sorption materials bringing ecological, safe and affordable sanitation capacity where it is needed most while fully addressing the thematic and cross-cutting priorities of the EIP on Water. We will perform demonstration scale deployment and resulting exploitation of the system to include commercial development, technology integration, eco-design, controlled environment pilots (in NUI Galway facilities in Ireland and UDG facilities in Spain), real use demo sites and market uptake preparation in several EU and non-EU countries (France, Italy, Ireland, Romania, UK, Ecuador, Peru, India and Tanzania), and further preparation for post-project uptake.


PV-SITES: Building-Integrated photovoltaic technologies and systems for large-scale market deployment

initial estimations of Building-Integrated photovoltaic technologies (BIPV) market growth have been subsequently overestimated in the past few years. A series of demands from the stakeholders which have not been properly addressed by the BIPV value chain are the cause for this deviation. These key requirements are mainly related to the flexibility in design and aesthetics considerations, lack of tools integrating PV and building performance, demonstration of long-term reliability of the technology, compliance with legal regulations, smart interaction with the grid and cost-effectiveness. Within this context, the objective of PV-SITES project is to drive BIPV technology to a large market deployment by demonstrating an ambitious portfolio of building-integrated solar technologies and systems, giving a forceful, reliable answer to the market requirements identified by the industrial members of the consortium in their day-to-day activity. High impact demonstration and dissemination actions will be accomplished in terms of cost-effective renewable generation, reduction of energy demands and smart energy management.

H2020 OptEEmAL: Optimized Energy Efficient Design Platform for Refurbishment at District Level

El Hassan Ridouane, Luciano DeTommasi, Michele Garraffa, Hubertus Wiese; United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Ltd.

The poster presents and discusses a methodology for decision support in the process of selecting the proper measures for the retrofit of buildings and districts. A number of scenarios are generated using an Energy Conservation Measures catalog and these are evaluated using advanced simulation tools. The methodology integrates existing tools and assures interoperability between them to deliver a holistic approach to retrofit design of districts. The automated generation of the simulation models (that includes the envelope and the passive/active (ECMs) is key to the evaluation of district performance indicators with a high-precision which is required for the decision support scenarios that the platform is supporting. The platform supports the use of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)-based processes.

H2020 RECO2ST: Residential Retrofit Assessment Platform and Demonstrations for Near Zero Energy and CO2 Emissions with Optimum Cost, Health, Comfort and Environmental Quality

El Hassan Ridouane, Erica Zavaglio, Tejaswinee Darure, Catherine Thibaud, Marcin Cychowski; United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Ltd.

The ambition of RECO2ST project is to make renovation to near zero energy buildings affordable with a set of technologies that allow for decrease of installation time with better assessment of renovation need, highly effective retrofit kits and high market uptake capacity and replicability. Project innovations include: Modular and adaptable refurbishment, Least-Cost approach to refurbishment’ Indoor environment quality improvement, Technological advancements, and scalability into neighborhood and district scales.

DRIvE: Demand Response Integration tEchnologies

Tatiana Loureiro, R2M Solution

DRIvE links together cutting-edge science in Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), forecasting and cyber security with emerging innovative SMEs making first market penetration in EU DR markets. In doing so, near market solutions are strengthened with lower TRL, higher risk functionalities that support a vision of an “internet of energy” and “collaborative energy network.” From the research side, MAS will move closer to real-time operations and progress from a limited number of assets toward decentralized management of a larger number of assets providing DR services to prosumers, grid stakeholders and distribution system operators.


Heat-to-Fuel: Biorefinery combining HTL and FT to convert wet and solid organic, industrial wastes into 2nd generation biofuels with highest efficiency

Raymond Sterling, Tatiana Loureiro; R2M Solution

In numbers, Heat-to-fuel aims to:

  • Deliver cost-competitive technologies achieving biofuel prices below €1 per litre. This is achieved by a 20% cost reduction in the biofuel production processes;
  • Increase the quality of the biofuel resulting in 5% life-cycle greenhouse gases emissions reduction;
  • Contribute to delivering goals of EU’s energy security by increasing the share of local resources used for producing energy, and thus reducing EU’s dependency of energy’s imports;
  • Support local economies by generating 80-100 direct and 250 indirect jobs each time a new Heat-to- Fuel biorefinery is built;
  • Prove the technological feasibility and economic worthiness of the concept acting as a catalyst of future industrial units.

INDIGO: New generation of intelligent efficient district cooling systems

Tatiana Loureiro, R2M Solution

INDIGO involves the development of a highly efficient and intelligent DC system based on the development of an innovative and optimized DC system Management Strategy, and the integration of predictive controllers at the component level, some of them including self-learning algorithms for accuracy improvement. Besides, open source tools and guidelines will be developed within the project in order to provide more confidence and thus more openness to DC systems development and use.


NEXTOWER: Advanced materials solutions for next-generation high efficiency concentrated solar power (CSP) tower systems.

Raymond Sterling, Tatiana Loureiro; R2M Solution

NEXTOWER shall introduce a set of innovative materials to boost the performance of atmospheric air-based concentrated solar power (CSP) systems to make them commercially viable. In particular, tower systems are appealing for the great environmental compatibility and offer tremendous potential for efficient (electrical and thermal) power generation. Yet, their industrial exploitation has been so far hindered by limitations in the materials used both for the central receiver – the core component – and for thermal storage. Such limitations dictate maximum working temperature and in-service overall durability (mainly driven by failure from thermal cycling and thermal shocks). Improving the efficiency of a tower system entails necessarily improving the central receiver upstream and possibly re-engineering the whole systems downstream to work longer and at much higher temperature, especially in the thermal storage compartment.

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