Partners

Portugal


Project Leader
Luis Coelho
luis.coelho@estsetubal.ips.pt

Team Leader
João Garcia
joao.garcia@estsetubal.ips.pt

IPS
The Polytechnic Institute of Setubal was created in 1979 with the aim of promoting both professional expertise and scientific knowledge and is comprised of five Colleges (Two Schools of Technology: ESTSetubal and ESTBarreiro, School of Education (ESE), School of Business and Management Sciences (ESCE), School of Health Sciences (ESS)).

Investigation assumes a vital importance in the development of higher education institution. For the IPS, the support and stimulation granted to research by its professors and students represents a fundamental rock of this Institute existence. The Unit for Investigation and Development of the IPS was created in 28th May of 2007 and has as main function to assure the improvement, support and spreading of this activity, establishing and managing I&D projects. The Sector of Knowledge and Technology Transmission of IPS (OTIC-IPS) was created in September of 2006 with the goal of identifying and promote the transference of new ideas and innovative concepts for the enterprise sector, as well as analysing the enterprise necessities and giving advice on the potential solutions. The OTIC-IPS aims at to promote the scientific enrichment of the IPS in assistance to the real necessities of the companies of the region, based on a rigorous prospection of market and building an environment of reliable cooperation through the knowledge and technology communication in common projects.

ESTSetubal that belongs to the IPS had started in 1989, and is still growing. The College’s objectives include applied research and experimental development, the provision of services, and co-operation in national and international projects and cultural initiatives. With a capacity of 2400 students, IPS possesses high quality installations for both teaching and the accompaniment of technological R & D, including 20 well-furnished laboratories and is an important School of Technology in Portugal.

IPS as an institution of the Scientific and Technological System, who has participated in several research projects and technological development in the energy sector, financed by national, European and international program. IPS used also to collaborate with companies in the energy sector. Various R & D projects have been developed in the field of renewable energies namely geothermal heat pumps, thermal solar energy and biomass. Others collaboration is in the application of the EPBD framework in Portugal. IPS has collaborated with official national entities, particularly with the general directory of energy and geology and the national energy agency in the development of new geothermal legislation, including use in district heating and cooling and energy certification of buildings.

Significant infrastructure

IPS/ESTSetubal has equipped with two laboratories on energy. There are several test, measurement and verification equipment for energy systems that can be used in the present project. There is also a ground source heat pumps system, composed with two heat pumps that is used for testing this technology. IPS/ESTSetubal just developed equipment for thermal response test (TRT), in collaboration with a Portuguese company. This equipment may be used in this project. IPS/ESTSetubal has also a large experience in using energy simulation software and it is equipped with several of these software.

Greece

Team Leader
Constantine Karytsas
kkari@cres.gr

CRES
CRES according to Laws 2244/94, 2702/99 and 3734/09 is the national coordination centre of Greece on renewable energy and energy saving technologies, including geothermal energy and the official Greek government consultant in national policy, strategy and planning. In addition, CRES carries out applied research and works as promoter, organiser and advisor on all aspects of planning and implementation of renewable energies. CRES is one of the National Coordinators for the Covenant of Mayors in Greece.

CRES employees 180 persons, the majority of them being experienced scientists and engineers experts in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. It has participated in more than 1000 European, national and international projects, acting also as coordinator in many of them.

They include applied research and technological development projects, demonstration and/or commercial application projects, energy policy studies, development of energy information systems and energy modelling, investment feasibility studies, techno-economic feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, market research as well as activities for the promotion and dissemination of RES/RUE and ES. Through these projects, CRES has developed co-operation with many public and private organisations, at a national, European and international level.

Furthermore, the personnel of its Division of Renewable Energy Sources (Geothermal and Solar Thermal Departments) together with the personnel of its Division for Energy Efficiency through the Industry and Energy Efficiency Measurement Department have accumulated valuable experience over a long period of time (more than 25 years) in all aspects of technology development and exploitation of all types of heat pumps and chillers (that is adsorption/absorption as well as air-source/water-source HPs), including promotional and dissemination activities. The involved teams of CRES have designed, measured and supervised many R&D activities on all aspects of heat pumps and chillers, participating in more than 100 relevant European and nationally funded projects and coordinating 30 of them. Their activities focus in supervision and construction of heat pump applications for geothermal/solar thermal applications, both for domestic and industrial applications, including design and testing as well as generic R&D tasks. Recent applications include technology development of water source heat pumps and innovative high solar fraction combi systems (solar collectors coupled to absorption chiller and water source heat pump and underground thermal energy storage).

More information about CRES is available at our web pages: www.cres.gr

Significant infrastructure

  • REFPROP fluids data base & software
  • CYCLE_D heat pump cycle simulation software


  • Team Leader
    Prof. Michalis Gr. Vrachopoulos
    mvrachop@gmail.com

    TEISTE
    The TECHNOLOGIKO EKPEDEFTIKO IDRIMA STEREAS ELLADAS belongs to the Higher (Tertiary) Education. It was established in 1983 and it consists of 15 departments with more than 400 persons of research, teaching and administration staff and more than 10,000 students. The available infrastructures are of world-class quality, capable of supporting high throughput experimentation, computing access, experimental equipment, demanding networking and distance learning activities.

    The Engineering Faculty offers programmes in Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Automation Engineering as well as Aircraft Technology. The Department of Mechanical Engineering runs a well structured programme, recently updated, with emphasis in Energy, Environment and Renewable energy resources. Most of the courses offered are supported by laboratory work.

    TECHNOLOGIKO EKPEDEFTIKO IDRIMA STEREAS ELLADAS at Evia is located near a power plant, several wind farms, large scale PV installations and one of the biggest industrial parks of Greece with strong ties to local industry ensuring knowledge transfer and the graduates' employability. The Energy and Environmental Research Laboratory (Director Prof. M.Gr. Vrachopoulos) belongs to Mechanical Engineering Department. The basic activities of the Lab include:

    a. Education of the Mechanical Engineering Dept students in courses of its syllabus,

    b. Provision of services as a technical consultant in companies and other organisations of the private and public sector in the areas of: Renewable Energy Resources and Energy conservation, Heating-Cooling-Air Conditioning, Environmental and Energy Technologies, etc.,

    c. Research activities in the above areas.

    Significant infrastructure

    The Energy and Environmental Research Laboratory through its involvement in research projects has acquired equipment including:

  • Geothermal heat pumps of various capacities.
  • Measurement equipment to evaluate solar collectors and heat pumps performance.
  • Horizontal geothermal heat exchanger installation at the outside backyard of the Lab.
  • Vertical geothermal heat exchanger installation at the outside backyard of the Lab (total length 240m).


  • Team Leader
    G. Evangelakis
    gevagel@cc.uoi.gr

    UOI
    The University of Ioannina was founded in 1964. In 1970 became an independent Higher Education Institution, which grew rapidly in the coming years. Today, the University of Ioannina includes 17 academic Departments which altogether number 13,523 undergraduate students. A number of organised postgraduate study programmes are on offer that combine taught and research elements both at Master's and Doctoral level. Approximately 1,300 students are involved in full-time study mode progressing to a Master's degree, while 2,217 students are currently pursuing their studies at Doctoral level. The Department of Physics was founded in 1970, concurrently with the commencement of the operations of the University of Ioannina as a higher education Institution. The Department is currently located in the western side of the University campus, which is about 4 km away from downtown Ioannina. The Department's personnel consists of 49 teaching and research faculty members and 14 members of administrative/technical personnel. The Department hosts around 1200 undegraduate students, 100 graduate students and 40 PhD students. The high-level research taking place in the Deparmement can be corresponding number of citations, the ability of its faculty members to attract European research programmes, as well as by the on-going collaborations of Department's members with scientists of well-established research centers and Universities from abroad. The laboratory of thin solid films (tsf Lab) of the Department of Physics in the University of Ioannina is specialized in numerical simulations of solid state systems and he has long time experience in growing and characterizing thin solid films. For the growing of thin films the laboratory is equipped with modern equipment. Some of the recent relevant achievements of the laboratory that are published are given in the following list.

    Significant Infrastructure

    The laboratory of thin solid films (tsf Lab) of the Department of Physics in the University of Ioannina has acquired:

  • Double confocal non-balanced magnetron sputtering system (MS)
  • Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition reactor (PECVD) and
  • Pulsed Laser Deposition chamber (PLD)


  • For the characterization of the films the laboratory disposes in-situ X-ray PhotoElectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and High Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (HREELS), while X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Reflectivity (XRR), Scanning Electron Spectroscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) are also available in collaborating laboratories.

    The tsf Lab has investigated many different systems, like Diamond like Carbon (DLC), Nitrides, nanostructured ceramics and composites, as well as amorphous metallic alloys in thin film forms. Some of the recent relevant achievements of the laboratory that are published are given in the following list.

    Austria


    Team Leader
    Prof. Dr. Johann Goldbrunner
    goldbrunner@geoteam.at

    GEOTEAM
    Geoteam Technisches Büro für Hydrogeologie, Geothermie und Umwelt Ges.m.b.H. (Consultants for Hydrogeology, Geothermics and Environment) was founded in 1993. The Austrian company is headed by its founder and chief executive manager, Dr. Johann Goldbrunner.

    GEOTEAM currently employs seven geologists. The company headquarter is located in Graz, in the Austrian province of Styria. This location is well placed for dissemination activities in the neighbouring EU member states Czechia and Hungary. Furthermore, in 1997, the Munich branch office was founded in Germany with the goal to provide better service for projects in Southern Germany and Western Austria.

    GEOTEAM possesses comprehensive knowledge and project experience in the exploration, development and monitoring of potable and mineral water resources and geothermal energy.

    GEOTEAM has not only completed numerous projects to develop mineral and spa water resources in Austria and Germany, but is also specialized in the development and execution of drilling projects for exploration and exploitation of geothermal energy in sedimentary basins and alpine rock environments.

    GEOTEAM was involved in geothermal projects funded by the European Union in Austria and Germany including deep drillings using deviated drilling technology. Altogether, our company has successfully completed over 40 geothermal studies and deep well projects for balneological and energy use.

    Significant infrastructure

  • Software: Feflow, Modflow and Earth Energy Designer (EED).
  • Hardware: TRT equipment.
  • Current cooperation with Austrian energy supply companies and water authorities.
  • Cooperation with BHE supplier.

  • Poland

    Team Leader
    Dr.-Ing. Tomasz Bakoń
    tomasz_bakon@sggw.pl

    SGGW
    SGGW (Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW) is a leading agricultural university in Poland (The best agricultural university and the most student friendly university according to rankings in Poland), putting up of highly qualified staff for the whole agricultural sector, including not only agriculture but also landscape architecture, construction, engineering, economics, social sciences, environmental sciences and local energy sector, in particular based on clean and renewable energy sources.

    SGGW is the oldest agricultural academic school in Poland. Its history dates back to 1815. At present, the University consists of 13 faculties. There are over 27,000 students enrolled. International collaboration plays an important role in University activities. SGGW collaborates with almost 200 international partners worldwide. On an annual basis, about 1000 University employees and students travel internationally. SGGW is a member of international organizations such as the European Universities Association (EUA), International Association of Universities (IAU), International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), lnteruniversity Consortium for Agricultural and Related Sciences (ICA), Euroleague for Life Sciences - ELLS. SGGW was or is the coordinator or beneficiary of many EU, international and national research programs (also several in Horizon 2020).

    Energy Management Division belongs to Institute of Basic Engineering at the Faculty of Production Engineering of SGGW employs one Full Professor, 2 Associated Professor, 5 Assistant Professors and 7 Researchers and PhD-Students. Research area of this group is most of all the practical application of renewably energy sources and technologies in buildings and small scale prosumer installations and their modelling and control also remote via internet.

    Energy Management Division has built and uses laboratories for heat pumps, thermal solar panels, photovoltaic, electrical engineering, metrology, electronic, PLC and intelligent control techniques in Warsaw (main campus of the university), for wind energy in Żelazna and use for research purposes the hybrid system (heat pumps and different thermal solar panels) in real property (in the hotel) for heating and hot water in Budy Grabskie. Both facilities are located approx. 80 km from Warsaw and controlled via internet.

    In Energy Management Division beyond TESSe2b project are currently realised two project connected to the COST Actions financed from EU.

    Significant Infrastructure

    Heat pumps laboratory with two installation. The first completed phase of construction of a unique position to test heat pump water / water. Thermodynamic system, hydraulic and measurement are integrated into a complete system using variants of the management controller and parameter settings of the unit. The thermodynamic system provides an option to enable: additional pre-condenser, vapor injection system EVI and subcooler refrigerant. Water pumps in the hydraulic system are controlled using the inverter and the solenoid controlled through actuators. The whole system is programmed in SCADA to seek balance automatically reaching asked level parameters. All sensors and timers represent the highest class measurement accuracy for precise calculation of the energy in the laboratory.

    Hybrid system with thermal collectors and heat pump in Budy Grabskie (ca. 80 km from Warsaw) allocated in the real house (hotel). The installation consists of twenty units of flat plate solar collectors with a total area of 40 m2, vacuum tube collector sections with a total area of 6 m2, compressor heat pump with a rated power of 12.5 kW vertical ground heat exchanger placed in 6 wells with a depth of 30 m each and storage tanks. The system provides hot water to the building with a minimum guaranteed operating temperature of 50 °C in an amount of up to 3000 dm3 per day. Installation produces up to 400 MJ of heat.

    The system is continuously monitored by a specially designed measurement system written in SCADA. The main nodes in the system are distributed sensors measuring the following parameters: temperature, mass flow, solar radiation, the energy consumption. Recorded every 1 minute data are stored as files daily. Thanks to the communication, it is possible to transfer data and control the operation of the system in real time from anywhere (communication through the internet). Recorded measurement results are used for diagnostic assessments carried out an analysis of the temperature distribution and energy flows in the system. The test site in Budy Grabskie is an important link in the tasks of education, teaching and research, including the organization of demonstrations, lectures, seminars and performing theses.

    PLC laboratory with two types of PLCs manufactured by the company Siemens AG and GE Fanuc. These are two compact PLCs Siemens SIMATIC S-7 processor 313c, two GE Fanuc Series Versa Max Micro digital expansion modules. The laboratory has software CIMPLICITY Machine Edition 4.0, GE Fanuc and a package of Step 7 Siemens SIMATIC. Four identical digital-to-analog models of teaching, along with drivers allow implementation of a wide range of combinations and control systems and simulation of various equipment used in agricultural technology and food processing.

    Solar radiation laboratory includes the weather station (21°03'12 east longitude, 52°09'37" north latitude, 130 m above sea level) and the studio visualization and data archiving. The station is equipped with a meter to measure solar radiation acting on the plane: horizontal; exposed south of the elevation customizable to a maximum height of the Sun in the day (the angle of the sun completes height and 90°); tracking the apparent movement of the sun (direct radiation component always falls perpendicularly); the total radiation; direct radiation.

    Controlling the location of the measuring instruments in the plane of the tracking was conducted using a turntable equipped with two DC motors. One of them is responsible for setting the azimuth, and the other for setting the elevation. Both engines are supplied from the studio to the driver, the software is based on astronomical data relating to the apparent movement of the sun.

    At the station is measured as the temperature and relative humidity. In addition, it is determined wind speed and direction.

    All the signals from the sensors are transmitted by wire (engines and power cables run underground channel signal) to the converters placed in the studio and connected to the USB connectors on the recording unit. Registration already expressed in SI units, followed by 1 minute. The software enables the recording unit preview of the current measured values, as well as graph data from any selected time segment. Laboratory allows for a wide range of studies.

    Germany

    Team Leader
    Prof.Dr.-Ing. Constantinos Sourkounis
    sourkounis@enesys.​rub.​de

    RUB
    The University of Bochum is a large university concentrated, mainly, on one campus. With 5600 employees and over 41000 students from 130 countries it is a large and multi-disciplinary university in the heart of Europe. Effective support of international projects is given by its international office, the financial administration and a specialised EU project support bureau.

    The Institute for Power Systems Technology and Power Mechatronics (EneSys) provides education and conducts research in the areas of renewable energy systems, smart grids, electric vehicles (Prof. Sourkounis), power electronic systems (Prof. Staudt) and electric railway systems (Prof. Steimel) and renewable energies in general. Two areas of specialization in the master courses are provided under the guidance of EneSys: Power Systems Technology and Electric Mobility Systems. EneSys is a member of the Competence Center for Hydraulic Machinery, a research network of the Ruhr-University Bochum. As part of this membership, EneSys is doing research on the drive system and the control of hydraulic machinery and rotodynamic pumps.

    Control of devices and systems, from low-level control of power-electronic devices and drives to system-level integrated control and optimization, is one key research area. It includes system-level optimization, battery models and multi-variable control as well as self-learning systems, specializing on all kinds of renewable energy systems. Knowledge on advanced control and modelling in this area will be transferred to control and model PCM systems – the challenges found in PCM technology are very similar to those in batteries and system-wide optimization of renewable energy systems.

    Significant infrastructure

    EneSys has a large laboratory area equipped with test benches and measuring instruments as well as dedicated personnel supporting laboratory work. For this project, a range of state-of-the art dSpace systems, high-precision sensors, measuring and data-logging equipment is available, suitable for advanced design, rapid prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing of control systems. Several control systems with real-time capability are already available and provide the background to select and use application-specific control systems. The laboratory has several test-benches including for photovoltaic systems and batteries. A large hydraulic test-bench has been recently constructed with a water storage tank, a variable-speed centrifugal pump, electronically-controlled valves and high precision sensors for temperature, pressure and mass flow. It was constructed according to ISO 9906 and it is suitable for testing the performance of rotodynamic pumps (centrifugal, mixed flow and axial pumps) under extreme conditions such as turbulent flow and very high temperatures and for developing and testing control strategies for optimised efficiency and reliability.

    Spain

    Team Leader
    Aniol Esquerra Alsius
    aniol@ecoserveis.net

    ECOSEVEIS
    ECOSERVEIS is a non-profit Organization working on promotion and education on energy, energy efficiency and renewable energies. ECOSERVEIS was established in 1992 as an organisation for professionals working in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy, impacts of energy and the environment, mostly at the regional and local levels. Information and dissemination activities have always been a part of ECOSERVEIS concern.

    ECOSERVEIS works in the fields of energy efficiency, energy saving, energy impact and the environment assessment of energy managers, proposal of available and most suitable financing forms to implement the correct measures to save energy and development of useful tools to achieve energy savings. ECOSERVEIS carries out technical studies to promote the use of renewable energies, with the knowledge of their impacts and proposing possible financing forms to implement.

    Related to the domain of this project, energy storage, Ecoserveis participated in the GroundMed project 2009-2014 installing, assessing and monitoring a Ground Source Heat Pump in a Barcelona Public Building and they also participated in RELS project concerning energy efficiency in the residential sector. In both projects Ecoserveis was responsible for the monitoring, installation and maintenance of all devices and facilities.

    Ecoserveis is providing energy assessment to SME and households, they have tested energy assessments with householders and the use of smart meters as the roll out is taking place now. They have been involved in a door to door campaign to assess vulnerable consumers in la Barceloneta in cooperation with the municipality of Barcelona and they are also providing energy services to commerces and small stores.

    Ecoserveis has also a huge experience in communication, being able to disseminate to all kind of target groups the information collected during the project. Ecoserveis has a big database with multipliers like technical magazines, mayors, energy consultants, installers, etc.

    United Kingdom

    Team Leader
    Zafer Ure
    z.ure@pcmproducts.net

    PCM
    PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL PRODUCTS LTD provides PCM technologies and applications from initial concept, research and development stages to production and distribution from their office and manufacturing facility in the UK and their Licensed outlets around the world which offer bespoke products to meet unique customer requirements.

    For more than a decade and a half they have been involved in the development of Phase Change Materials (PCMs). With unrivalled experience in designing and advising on PCM installations and applications, they continue to push the boundaries in PCM usage for the benefit of their ever growing customer base.

    In addition to their technical expertise, they offer (under the PlusICE branding) what they believe to be the most comprehensive range of PCM solutions currently available commercially (-100°C (-148°F) to +885°C (+1,625°F)). From initial concept, research and development to production and distribution, their office and manufacturing facility in the UK and their licensed outlets around the world offer bespoke products to meet unique customer and application requirements.

    Significant infrastructure

    They have full scale in-house laboratory complete with DSC machine (-60 ~ +900C range) which can produce both Latent Heat and Specific Heat Capacities over a wide range, thermal conduticty, density measurements kits, accurate measuring / weighing scales, multiple thermal baths, heating oven up to 1,200C, hot plates complete with multiple scientific accuracy data logging equipment to carry out any test required to establish the essential PCM data.

    Although they have an extensive range of both organic and hydrated salt based standard commercially avaliable PCM solutions which cover a wide range of applications, quite often they have to modify the PCM solutions to suit new and challenging uses required by the application and our in-house team built a vast database and experience to achieve this. They have acquired unmatched experience in altering and modifying the PCM solutions, of course within limits, to match a specific application such as altering the freezing and melting profile /temperature range to match the heat transfer surface area available for the products, thickening the solution so that the leakage risk could be minimised or even convert the PCM into powder, granule or even rubber forms so that it can be exposed to air and moulded to take any shape to suit the application.

    They have multiple reactor vessels with various capacities (2 x 1,500 Lt / 1x 1,200 Lt. /1x300Lt.) capable ofproducing 10 Ton/day PCM complete with various type pumps and dosing pumps to handle any type of PCM production and accurate filling process. Their production machinery also covers various sealing machine which are used to seal the PCM containers. Utilising this production facility in the UK we produce PlusICE range of products including FlatICE, BallICE, TubeICE, Eutectic Plates and Pouches (details can be seen at www.pcmproducts.net) enables them to develop and apply both organic and hydrated salt based PCMs for a variety of applications around the world. Should it be required a custom-made PCM solution for a specific application we have in-house capability to produce to match the application.

    Cyprus

    Team Leader
    Chrysis Chrysanthou
    administration@zandxgroup.com

    Z&X
    Z&X Mechanical Installations Ltd is part of the Z& X Group which consists of Z&X Holiday Villas and Z& X Drivers Rentals .Today the company is the largest local engineering companies in Paphos and one of the largest in the island, dealing with all aspects of Mechanical Installations all over Cyprus. A well-established company with trained engineers and technicians ,Z and X Mechanical Installations has a considerable share of the Cyprus Market ,due to its high degree of professionalism ,quality products and excellent after sales service.

    Its main activities include air conditioning, central heating and swimming pool installations and as specialists in these fields they are in fact one of the largest engineering companies Cyprus wide. Z and X Mechanical Installations, imports its own exclusive chemicals, accessories, equipment, Jacuzzis, portable SPAS and swimming pools. Along with this, Z and X, are also specialists in heating and cooling. As recognized dealers and installers of air split units for home, office and heavy commercial use air conditioners they have proven that only the best is sufficient for their customers. As central heating specialists, all equipment used is imported from Germany and France hence ensuring the best possible service in this sector.

    In today’s day and age the increased competition and establishment of new companies, calls for the demand of dedication and quality to the customer. This is why Z and X‘s aim throughout its decades of experience, is to strive to stand out from all the rest. This achievement has been accomplished through hard work and dedication with projects such as major hotels, supermarkets and the Ministry of Education to say few, resulting in island wide recognition.

    Z&X Mechanical Installations Ltd, after 20 years of successful activity in the field of mechanical installations, has expanded its activities in the field of Renewable Energy, meaning, geothermal, photovoltaic and solar thermal systems. Geothermal energy has been emphasized, by buying a specialized Geothermal Drill of the latest technology, the only one that exists in Cyprus! We have done the largest geothermal projects in Cyprus, which are currently operating with great success and saving large amounts of energy. We have however taken on other major projects which concern Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic systems.

    TESSe2b project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under the Grant Agreement number 680555.
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