EU Call for Proposals: Bioclimatic approaches for improving energy performance in buildings in Africa and Europe

Proposals should study the performance of a selection of European and African local bioclimatic building designs, local construction materials and techniques to determine how they could be utilized to increase the energy performance, living quality and sustainability of buildings in targeted geographical zones in Africa and their climatic and socio-economic conditions. Proposals should promote innovations, including bioclimatic approaches, to enable adaptation of local materials and techniques to current building design and construction practices and lifestyles. They should include maximizing passive cooling, passive ventilation, natural light gains and suitability for specific local climate conditions (e.g. stark rains). They should investigate how sustainable supply chains of local materials could be established or improved to cope with fast paces of construction, contributing to the support of local businesses. They should foster exchange and mutual learning between European and African stakeholders (policy-makers, architects, auditors, building sector private companies) for better regulation and implementation of locally adapted bioclimatic construction approaches.
Application Deadline in 5 months

Wind turbine for city rooftops

An EU-funded initiative has developed a wind turbine capable of exploiting the low-velocity turbulent wind conditions found in urban environments.

Scaling up renewables in cities: Opportunities for municipal governments

Renewable-based solutions for cities, whether in buildings, power-generation, transport or other systems, help to ensure energy security and fulfil climate commitments, as well as to secure social benefits for urban residents. Fortunately, cities are making progress and achieving key successes in the shift to renewables.

EU Call for Proposals: Smart Cities and Communities

The COP21 Paris Agreement recognizes the role of cities and calls on them to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.
Applications are closed
3 months ago

EU's Call for Applications: Horizon prize for a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installation in a hospital using 100% Renewable Energy Sources

This inducement prize will reward a hospital that has an innovative and within its premises perfectly integrated combined heat and power (CHP) installation. This installation has to use at least three different European renewable energy technologies, include energy storage component(s) and be able to provide 100% of hospital's annual needs for energy consumption. In this context any renewable energy source is allowed.
Application Deadline in 10 days

EU's Call for Proposals: New developments in plus energy houses

New designs, making use of already developed and validated materials and components and smarter control systems ready to treat vast amounts of data are needed. The surplus of energy should come from renewable sources (geothermal heat, photovoltaics, wind, etc.), obviously optimizing the dynamic character of the energy balance all along the year.
Applications are closed

Smart finance for Smart Buildings: Investing in Energy Efficiency in buildings

The Smart Finance for Smart Buildings facility will improve use of public EU funding and will multiply the effect of the EU money invested. It will help to de-risk investments in the buildings sector, giving investors and financiers a better understanding of the risks and benefits of energy efficiency investments.
5 months ago

SET Award 2019: Call for applications for top innovators in the energy transition

The SET initiative invites start-ups around the world to present their business ideas.
Applications are closed

Visually appealing solar modules as architectural elements in building façades

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a mass production method based on printing technologies to manufacture patterned organic solar modules. The method enables freely customised solar modules to meet the architectural requirements of buildings and to add value to their visual appearance in addition to energy production.
a year ago

Wireless Sensors and IoT Platform for Intelligent HVAC Control

This paper describes the design, prototyping and validation of two components of this integrated system, the Self-Powered Wireless Sensors and the IOT platform developed. Results for the use of IMBPC in a real building under normal occupation demonstrate savings in the electricity bill while maintaining thermal comfort during the whole occupation schedule.
a year ago

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE Explore Using Electric Car Batteries as Renewable Energy Storage for Office Buildings

Hitachi Europe, Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE have demonstrated a pioneering project to explore the potential for electric vehicles to act as a means of energy storage for an office building. For this demonstration, the consortium linked the first vehicle to everything (V2X) charger to ENGIE's office building in Zaandam.
a year ago

Integration of net zero energy building with smart grid to improve regional electrification ratio towards sustainable development

Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) is an energy efficient building which can produce energy independently from clean and renewable sources. The energy that is generated by NZEB can be used for the building itself, and can be exported to the central grid.
a year ago

A Cellular Approach to Net-Zero Energy Cities

The present paper describes a cellular approach to a Net-Zero energy concept, based on the balance between the potential solar energy supply and the existing consumption patterns at the urban unit scale.
a year ago

Call for Proposals: Smart home solutions focused on Energy efficiency in domestic properties

ENGIE is looking to identify innovative connected home solutions focused on the efficient use of energy in domestic properties in the following areas: Smart controls of electric heating systems such as Storage Heating, Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Connected solutions that improve preventative maintenance services for home appliances and domestic properties, Smart Home solutions to enable residential energy loads to be used for demand response services.
Applications are closed
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Demonstrate significant cost reduction for Building Integrated PV (BIPV) solutions

Proposals will involve multidisciplinary consortia including the PV manufacturing industry. The building materials industry, certification bodies and market actors who are committed to adopting/implementing the results will also be included where relevant.
Applications are closed
a year ago

A key review of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems

Building integrated photovoltaic/thermal systems (BIPV/T) provide a very good potential for integration into the building to supply both electrical and thermal loads. In this study, we comprehensively reviewed the BIPV and BIPVT applications in terms of energy generation amount, nominal power, efficiency, type and performance assessment approaches.
2 years ago

Smart Technologies/Systems in Home Automation: A Review and Guideline to Implement for Smart Real Estate Projects

Smart home technology started for more than a decade to introduce the advanced technological systems that allow the automation of domestic tasks are developing rapidly. New technologies and applications which enable communication between the household applications and users, thereby improving the monitoring and control capabilities can now be installed in Smart Homes today.
2 years ago

A Review of Systems and Technologies for Smart Homes and Smart Grids

This review article, by introducing the concept of the smart home and the advent of the smart grid, investigates technologies for smart homes. The technical descriptions of the systems are presented and point out advantages and disadvantages of each technology and product today available on the market.
2 years ago

An Enhanced Security Framework for Home Appliances in Smart Home

In this paper, we propose an enhanced security framework for smart devices in a smart home environment. The security framework provides the integrity system using the self-signing and access control techniques for preventing the security threats such as data modification, leakage and code fabrication.
2 years ago

Autonomous Domicile

“AUTONOMOUS DOMICILE” stands for self-reliant structure or net zero energy building. An autonomous domicile can be defined as a building in which renewable energy is created on the structure itself and same is used for the meeting energy requirements of the structure.
2 years ago

Solar Shading in Low Energy Office Buildings - Design Strategy and User Perception

The objective of this paper is to investigate the visual comfort and quality of daylight in modern office buildings in the Nordic climate. A study of various daylight-related aspects and qualities was carried out for three different office buildings, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods.
2 years ago

Home Electricity Consumption to Push DC Microgrid Adoption in Enterprise and Residential Markets

The growing demand for residential photovoltaic installations also means that using a DC microgrid to distribute electricity more efficiently will provide further return on investments into solar power. Utilities see the potential for microgrids to be help support a systematic shift toward distributed power generation. This will also increase resiliency and ensure service during growing peak demand without requiring investment in new infrastructure.
2 years ago

A Nearly Net-Zero Exergy District as a Model for Smarter Energy Systems in the Context of Urban Metabolism

The present status of Uppsala is further analysed based on Sankey diagrams to provide insight into the present urban metabolism of the city. The results indicate that the best practice values of Östra Sala backe based on phase two can achieve significant savings in per capita values, which include 5.5 MWh of energy usage, 6.1 MWh of exergy consumption, 33 m3 of water consumption, 22 kg of waste generation, and 4.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
2 years ago

Building Integrated Active and Passive Solar Design

Combined active and passive solar design is an evolving science in building technology. Traditionally, building facade is one crucial element in architecture. Nowadays, it has escalating importance in services engineering owning to its significant influence on the engineering system performance and energy use. Building integrated solar devices may be installed either at the building façade or on the roof. The system can be designed as invisible, aesthetically appealing, or appearing as an architectural concept.
2 years ago

Urban Scale Application of Solar PV to Improve Sustainability in the Building and the Energy Sectors of Saudi Arabia

This study investigates the prospects of application of PV in buildings to improve the sustainability standards in the building and energy sectors of the country by considering the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) as a case study.
2 years ago

SolPad™: The Future of Sustainable Personalized Energy

SolPad Home panels store both solar and grid energy with forthcoming solid-state battery technology. This battery technology is inherently safer than standard lithium-ion-based batteries. They have a broader operating temperature range and longer life. Each SolPad device is equipped with its own “solar micro-storage,” or built-in battery storage at the panel level, and the solid-state low-voltage battery design is optimized for safe rooftop operation.
3 years ago

ZEROCELL is the Nerve Center for Smart Zero Energy Home Open Source IoT Platform

The ZEROCELL is a multi-functional appliance that serves as the nerve center for an open-source smart digital IoT ecosystem. The ZEROCELL is a plug-and-play system that seamlessly transforms both existing and new homes into smart zero energy homes. The ZEROCELL stores and manages energy generated from either on-site-harvested energy or from off-site-renewable energy transmitted by the electric grid.
3 years ago

Building Heating Technology in Smart Home using PI System management tools

The aim of this paper is to describe using an appropriate software tool of PI System for a real-time monitoring of acquired data from real technology parts located at a training centre of the Moravian-Silesian Wood Cluster. Then a superior system including applications of PI Coresight and PI ProcessBook is used for analysis and processing of these acquired data (e.g. by using the Dynamic Time Warping method for specific technological quantities).
3 years ago

The Productivity Paradox in Green Buildings

This paper reviews methods of measuring productivity and the appropriateness of the metrics used for measuring IEQ in office environments. This review is supported by the results of a survey of office building users which identifies social factors to be significantly more important than environmental factors in trying to correlate productivity and IEQ. It also presents the findings of observations that were discretely carried out on user-response in green buildings.
3 years ago

Solar Energy Block-Based Residential Construction for Rural Areas in the West of China

This paper mainly explores an innovative, sustainable, residential construction method for rural areas in western China, particularly the integration of solar energy technology with modern prefabricated building techniques, formally named solar energy block-based construction.
3 years ago

PulteGroup Prototyping Innovative Zero Net Energy Home

The Pulte ZNE home prototype embraces California's long-term zero net energy goals by leveraging advanced design, construction and on-site renewable energy solutions. The home's design combines airtight building methods, highly efficient insulation, HVAC, lighting technologies and more, with on-site solar energy production to offset the home's energy consumption. Pulte is participating in Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Zero Net Energy Production Builder Demonstration program that supports California's energy efficiency and climate goals for all new residential construction to be zero net energy by 2020.
3 years ago

Singapore's first carbon negative house

The B House, named after its owner, generates more solar energy than it consumes, costs the same as similar properties in the area, and shares many features with Singapore's black-and-white colonial bungalows, say its designers.
3 years ago

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