HYBUILD is a group of 21 partners from 9 countries. Every month, a new HYBUILD partner is introduced in our Blog section. Today, COMSA CORPORACIÓN, the project coordinator.
COMSA in a nutshell
COMSA CORPORACIÓN is the first largest unlisted Spanish group in the infrastructures and engineering sector. With more than a century of experience behind it, it mainly operates in the fields of Infrastructures and Engineering; Services and Technology; and Concessions and Renewable Energy. The company is currently present in more than 20 countries, has a turnover of more than €1,000 million and over 7.600 employees.COMSA CORPORACIÓN is focused on the Smart Cities with a special focus in R&D projects on BIPV, Building and District level energy management systems and advanced HVAC solutions. All these projects are devoted to increase the energy efficiency performance and a better integration of renewable energies. COMSA Industrial is the engineering company within the group. It has a long track on renewable energy systems, including BIPV installations, and an extensive background of construction and operation of sustainable buildings. Some of these projects involve some major and emblematic local projects, such as the offices of the Agbar Tower or the Blood and Human Tissue Bank in Barcelona.
COMSA role in HYBUILD
COMSA CORPORACIÓN is the HYBUILD Project Coordinator. It will ensure an efficient management of the project throughout its development from an administrative and financial point of view. It will define the set of working procedures, processes and best practices guidelines to ensure the quality standards of the project outcome. COMSA will contribute funnelling the work of all the partners of the consortium towards achieving the expected outcomes of the project on time, and will make sure that the consortium complies with the requirements of the EC and its Horizon 2020 funding programme.
Meet our staff
COMSA CORPORACIÓN staff involved directly in HYBUILD project are Merche Polo (Project Coordinator), Josep María Galan, and Álvaro Picatoste:
Mrs. Merche Polo holds an Industrial Engineering degree by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and several specialized courses on technologies related to EEB and RES. She has more than 18 years of experience working in R&D and turnkey projects related to Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Efficiency in buildings, and engineering design of industrial mechanisms, with wide experience in solar photovoltaics and BIPV. Merche has managed and participated in R&D projects at national level (ECOBUILDING, S-LIGHT, GEOED, NANOPRO, etc) and European level (BIPV-INSIGHT, MIDNATTSSOL, SOLPROCEL, GEOTECH, etc). Merche is the head of R&D Energy Efficiency Unit at COMSA CORPORACIÓN, and she has been the coordinator of an industrial consortium with more than 10 partners in the renewable heating and cooling workgroup at the Catalan Cluster for the Energy Efficiency (CEEC).
Mr. Josep María Galan has been part of COMSA Industrial since 2006 and has been, since then, the responsible for the mechanical installations engineering department before coming the head of the mechanical installations division. He has actively participated in the engineering of HVAC systems in numerous relevant buildings (Reus, Barcelona 112 building, etc.) including the integration of Renewable Energy technologies (PV, geothermal, etc.). In addition, Josep Maria has experience working in R&D projects. (e.g GEOED and GEOTECH).
Mr. Álvaro Picatoste works as Project Manager in Energy R&D division company. He holds an Energy Engineering degree and a Master of Science in Energy innovation by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm). He is focused in the Smart Buildings field. He has worked in the integration of renewable energy in buildings such as Photovoltaics and energy storage technologies. In addition, he has experience in Energy Demand Analysis and its possibilities for flexibility services (Demand Response).