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Heat Insyde – Bringing Advanced Heat Batteries in Residential Heat and Electric Systems Closer to Market Through Real Life Demonstration in Different Climates

Sustainable energy generation through solar panels or wind turbines has a major disadvantage: no energy is generated on a cloudy day or when it is not windy. Sometimes, more than needed energy is produced. Τhe EU-funded HEAT-INSYDE project is addressing this through a groundbreaking compact heat battery. The prototype will use a thermochemical material to store renewable energy in an inexpensive and lossless way. It will be able to connect to various energy systems, such as the electricity grid and heat networks, as well as in heat pumps and solar panels. Offering an alternative pathway for storing renewable energy, the new heat battery prototype delivers a new grid flexibility solution across the energy value chain.

HYBUILD – Innovative compact HYbrid electrical/thermal storage systems for low energy BUILDings

HYBUILD will develop two innovative hybrid storage concepts: one for the Mediterranean climate primarily meant for cooling energy provision, and one for the Continental climate primarily meant for heating and DHW production.

HYBUILD action is a systematic approach for developing operationally integrated thermal and electric components and systems from TRL4 to TRL6 and beyond. The hybrid storage concepts are based on: a compact sorption storage, based on a patented way to integrate an innovative adsorbent material within an efficient high surface heat exchanger, a high density latent storage, based on a high performance aluminum micro-channel heat exchanger with additional PCM layers, and an efficient electric storage. 

NOVICE – Innovative business model for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs)

The aim of the NOVICE project – over its 3-year duration – is the development and demonstration of an innovative business model for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) that will provide energy savings to buildings and demand response (DR) services to the grid after renovating buildings or blocks of buildings. A dual revenue stream shall thus be enabled that can reduce payback period for investments in buildings renovations and accelerate the much-needed market uptake of the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) based financing model. Adopting that model, ESCOs and Aggregators could jointly and in a coordinated manner tackle the energy efficiency, demand response and onsite generation market.

Superhomes – Optimisation of Air Source Heat Pump Applications in NZEB Residential Retrofits

Superhomes 1.0, a concept developed by the Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA) combines a range of deep retrofit measures with Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP), Wood Stoves and Photovoltaic (PV) technologies. 

Superhomes also integrates ESBs Connected Home Solution, a home energy management system, which allows homeowners to track and engage with their electricity consumption via on-line tools and applications.  As this innovative energy retrofitting approach is rolled out by the TEA, opportunities for further optimisation have been identified.

PANTERA – European forum of Research & Innovation stakeholders active in the fields of smart grids, storage and local energy systems

PAN European Technology Energy Research Approach (PANTERA) is a EU H2020 project aimed at setting up a European forum composed of Research & Innovation stakeholders active in the fields of smart grids, storage and local energy systems, including policy makers, standardisation bodies and experts in both research and academia, representing the EU energy system.

COMSOS – validate and demonstrate fuel cell based combined heat and power solutions

ComSos – Commercial-scale SOFC systems – is an EU funded project aimed to validate and demonstrate fuel cell based combined heat and power solutions in the mid-sized power ranges of 10-12 kW, 20-25 kW, and 50-60 kW, referred to as Mini FC-CHP. The outcome gives proof of the superior advantages of such systems, underlying business models, and key benefits for the customer. The technology and product concepts, in the aforementioned power range, has been developed in Europe under supporting European frameworks such as the FCH-JU.

SPIRE 2 – how homes and businesses can store renewable energy effectively

SPIRE 2 will address how consumer-owned energy storage can resolve the problem of the variability of renewable energy (RE) output.

The project will explore how homes and businesses can store renewable energy effectively, allowing very high levels of RE to be integrated into power grids globally, at the same time as maximising the benefits to consumers.

SPIRE 2 will aim to evaluate, develop and facilitate the wide-scale deployment of Mass Energy Storage (MES) technologies to operate profitably in new market structures of UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The project will generate a deeper understanding of the role and commercial viability of MES in enabling increasing levels of intermittent power generation.

INTEGRIDY – Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies

inteGRIDy aims to integrate cutting-edge technologies, solutions and mechanisms in a Framework of replicable tools to connect existing energy networks with diverse stakeholders, facilitating optimal and dynamic operation of the Distribution Grid (DG), fostering the stability and coordination of distributed energy resources and enabling collaborative storage schemes within an increasing share of renewables.

inteGRIDy follows a pilot-driven approach as its overall goal concentrates on the fulfilment of actual need and requirements. A set of innovative methods/mechanism integration will be targeted by inteGRIDy activities that will results to exploitable products with a high commercialization potential.

D^2EPC – Dynamic Digital Energy Performance Certificates – Next-generation Dynamic Digital EPCs for Enhanced Quality and User Awareness

D^2EPC aims to set the grounds for the next generation of dynamic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings. The proposed framework sets its foundations on the smart-readiness level of the buildings and the corresponding data collection infrastructure and management systems. It is fed by operational data and adopts the ‘digital twin’ concept to advance Building Information Modelling, calculate a novel set of energy, environmental, financial and human comfort/ wellbeing indicators, and through them the EPC classification of the building in question.