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Stimulate innovations through European research projects PLURAL, POWERSKIN + and SWITCH2SAVE

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Ing. Zuzana Taťáková M.Sc., project manager at FENIX TNT sro, tells us about three European research projects, PLURAL, POWERSKIN + and SWITCH2SAVE

This profile presents three H2020 projects, which offer a range of technologically advanced complementary and / or alternative solutions for buildings that can lead to significant energy savings while guaranteeing a low environmental impact.

It is well known that reducing energy consumption and emissions in buildings is vital to achieving the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2030, as buildings account for 40% of the EU’s energy consumption, 36% of its CO2 emissions and 55% of its electricity. consumption. The PLURAL, POWERSKIN + and SWITCH2SAVE projects, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, offer combinable and versatile solutions to the problem covering all types of buildings under different conditions.

PLURAL

“Plug-and-use retrofit with adaptable lightweight systems”

About PLURIEL

PLURAL is a collaborative research project supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation (Call H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2020), lasting 48 months.

The project consortium is made up of 18 partners from 7 European countries. Each partner develops activities in different areas and locations and with the 6 demonstration sites (3 real and 3 virtual), this collaboration guarantees that the developed solutions will be applicable in a wide range of use cases.

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Concept

The key to the development and demonstration of PLURAL PnU kits is to understand how to select and integrate various renewable energy technologies, incorporate them into prefabricated facade components and optimize their performance for different types of buildings, climates and socio-economic conditions. . Software tools to support digital design and decision making are developed. In addition, PLURAL focuses on how to manufacture these kits while minimizing energy consumption and material waste.

Goals

The PLURAL project aims to design, validate and demonstrate a range of off-site prefabricated plug-and-play kits that are versatile, adaptable, scalable and meet user needs, called “Plug-and-Use” (PnU) ”kits.

Almost zero energy consumption – Heat losses through the envelope will be minimized thanks to better insulation of the facade components (U values ​​

primary energy consumption

Profitability – An approximate 58% reduction in renovation costs will be achieved through off-site prefabrication, lean manufacturing and construction, supported interactively by the BIM platform and the decision.

Fast renovation – Reduction of at least 50% of the time required for a major renovation, mainly by reducing the time of design, procurement, logistics, manufacture and site preparation compared to the average. 5-7 months to 2-4 months.

Ecological – In-depth renovation aimed at reducing CO2 emissions to reach 15% less than the current average of 0.6 tCO2eq / m2 and also achieve 70% recyclability of materials.

Soft – The combinations of systems will allow easy adaptation of the PnU kits to be developed and validated within the framework of the project to various types of residential buildings in all climatic zones of the EU.

Expression

The PLURAL PnU kits will be integrated at three different residential construction sites, located in Greece, Spain and the Czech Republic, with different climatic conditions, heating / cooling needs and user requirements, thus demonstrating the versatility and robustness of the overall concept.

In addition, PLURAL includes three construction demonstrations for virtual replication in Switzerland, Germany and Sweden to simulate and validate the performance and operation of the solutions under other conditions.

Website: www.plural-renovation.eu

Project coordinator:

Maria Founti, NTUA

Contact email:

[email protected]

Project partners:

NTUA, AMSolutions, Municipalityof Voula, FENIX TNT, Municipality Kasava, CVUT, Bergamo Tecnologie, Daikin Airconditioning, Intrasoft International, SPF, ITEC, Pich Architects, IREC, Agencia De L’habitatge De Catalunya, ZRS Architekten, Recuair, Denvelops Textiles, RD Rymarov.

POWERSKIN +

“Very advanced modular integration of insulation, energizing and storage systems in non-residential buildings”

About POWERSKIN +

POWERSKIN + is a collaborative project supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation (Call LC-EEB-01-2019), lasting 48 months.

The project consortium comprises a value chain formed by key partners renowned across Europe, industry-oriented and highly capable of generating knowledge and innovation. It is a diverse consortium made up of 14 partners from 8 European countries. The list of partners includes material suppliers, prestigious manufacturers, installers and end users as well as renowned SMEs.

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Concept

POWERSKIN + is aimed at Prototyping and Pilot Testing in a Relevant Environment (TRL 7), a new generation of integrated offsite, prefabricated and easy to install solutions for non-residential curtain wall facade systems. The project combines a large number of advanced high energy efficient materials and KETs covering: nano-superinsulation elements, nano-activated multifunctional coatings, solar energy harvesting components made of flexible, active perovskite solar cells / passive microfluidic thermal storage materials and latent heat storage elements driven by PCM and an electrical building management system based on second life Li-ion batteries from hybrid and electric vehicles.

Goals

  • Generate improved innovative hybrid systems with different multifunctional complementary features for nZEB and Plus-Energy Building
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  • Demonstrate holistic facade solutions, paving the way for future operation with non-residential buildings as the primary entry market. Prototyping and demonstration of both premium and affordable solutions will be carried out in full-size non-residential buildings located in 3 European countries (Portugal, Germany and the Czech Republic);
  • Provide the retrofit market with highly adaptive and energy efficient management systems.

Expression

The POWERSKIN + modular facade system will be demonstrated and validated in an operational environment in three full-size non-residential buildings in different European countries: Germany, the Czech Republic and Portugal. Demonstration cases represent distinct climates and construction practices, allowing to characterize and demonstrate the overall potential of the system in future real scenarios.

Website: www.powerskinplus.eu

Project coordinator: Jorge Corker, IPN

Contact email:

[email protected]

Project partners:

IPN, Fraunhofer ICT, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Brunel University London, FENIX TNT, Flachglas Sachsen, Politecnico di Torino, Oxford Brookes University, Czech Technical University, Navodnik, Saule Technologies, Warsaw University of Technology, AMSolutions, Saule Research Institute.

SWITCH2SAVE

“Smart and lightweight switchable solutions for large energy-saving windows and glass facades”

About SWITCH2SAVE

SWICH2SAVE is a collaborative project supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation (Call LC-EEB-01-2019), lasting 48 months.

The project consortium is a set of key partners operating across Europe, there are 10 partners from 6 European countries.

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Concept

In modern architecture, large area glazing is a continuing trend due to its appearance and design variety. Large south-facing windows help reduce energy requirements for heating in winter. However, large-area glazing can dramatically increase the energy demand for cooling and air conditioning during hot summers. Smart glass solutions – such as electrochromic (EC) and thermochromic (TC) windows and glass facades – control the transfer of radiant energy at the touch of a button and can thus significantly reduce the energy requirements for heating and air conditioning in large buildings.

In addition, they allow greater interior lighting comfort compared to conventional mechanical blinds. Switch2-Save aims to overcome these limitations by combining and maturing EC and TC systems to create lightweight Energy Smart Insulating Glass Units (IGUs) suitable for large windows and glass facades. EC switching is based on materials which modify their light transmission by applying a low electrical voltage; TC cells are based on materials that change their infrared reflection properties with increasing temperature.

Goals

  • Develop a combination of EC and TC cells – with optimized maximum energy saving potential – on the basis of switchable total energy transmission (g-value);
  • Develop manufacturing technologies for increased availability and profitability;
  • Evaluate the performance of innovative insulating glazing;
  • Demonstrate the potential for energy saving heating and cooling
  • and lighting comfort in two operational buildings in Greece and Sweden;
  • Replace 50 windows and 200m² of glass facade with the smart glass solution and perform a full “before-after” comparison of energy demand over a one-year cycle.

Demonstrations

SWITCH2SAVE will demonstrate its potential in two representative buildings: Greece’s second largest hospital in Athens and an operational office building in Uppsala, Sweden. The SWITCH2SAVE consortium will replace 50 windows and 200 m² of glazed facades with the smart glass solution and perform a comprehensive “before-after” comparison of energy consumption for a one-year cycle in the two buildings.

Website: www.switch2save.eu

Project coordinator:

John Fahlteich, Fraunhofer Institute

Contact email:

[email protected]

Project partners:

Fraunhofer Institute, ChromoGenics, NTUA, University of West Bohemia, SIA AGL Technologies, Fasadglas Baecklin, Vasakronan, Nikaia State General Hospital, Van Rompaey Sara, AMIRES.

The PLURAL, POWERSKIN + and SWITCH2SAVE projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreements n ° 958218, 869898, 869929

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