Introducing the Institute for Renewable Energy of Eurac Research

HYBUILD is a group of 21 partners from 9 countries. Every month, a new HYBUILD partner is introduced in our Blog section. This month, the Institute for Renewable Energy of Eurac Research.

The Institute for Renewable Energy conducts cutting-edge applied research on how to produce energy using sustainable sources, manage energy systems and reduce energy consumption. Its activities include national and international research projects, as well as direct cooperation with industry partners. Industry-related projects involve the development of innovative products and the evaluation of technological energy saving solutions.​ The Institute has more than 100 collaborators, 5 research groups and an infrastructure of 6 indoor and 2 outdoor laboratories (one still in construction opening within 2019) in the fields of technology, efficient building systems and solar energy. The laboratoriesare a contact point between scientific research and industrial partners interested in testing and implementing innovative energy technologies. The services offered include laboratory testing on single components and integrated energy systems, monitoring of applied demonstration sites, experimental outdoor installations as well as dynamic simulation and optimisation of energy systems.

In every project, our researchers use simulations, experimental tests and creation of prototypes to turn an innovative concept into a concrete project.

The Institute offers support also in the elaboration of complex energy models as decision support system for single energy systems or buildings as well as for urban and regional areas.​​

The role of Eurac Research in Hybuild

Eurac Research is the main partner in charge of the models and simulations for the Mediterranean and Continental Hybuild energy systems and buildings. Energy models of demo and reference buildings, heating and cooling systems and hybrid storages will be developed and simulated for: i) evaluating the proof of concept through the KPIs identified in the project, ii) computing the LCA and LCC analysis and iii) testing the developed control strategies. Once the systems will be installed in the demo-cases, the models developed by Eurac Research will be validated through measurements data to have a benchmark for the performance of the running systems. Both Mediterranean and Continental concepts will be also simulated in identified reference buildings overall Europe in order to demonstrate the replicability of the Hybuild systems.

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Grazia Barchi is a senior researcher in the group of photovoltaic energy system at Eurac Research, Institute for Renewable Energy, Bolzano.

She is responsible for the PV integration topic and her research mainly focuses on electric grid modelling and operations, electrical storage and advanced measurements technique for smart grids. She received the Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technology at the University of Trento, Italy, in 2015 and the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Perugia, Italy, in 2011. She was visiting research at University of Applied Science and Art Western Switzerland in 2011 and at University of California Berkeley in 2014.

Mattia Dallapiccola is a researcher at Eurac Research, Institute for Renewable Energy, Bolzano.

His research focuses on modelling of photovoltaic system, BIPV, partial shading of photovoltaic system and electrical and thermal energy storage. He obtained a master degree in Energy Engineering at the University of Trento – Free University of Bolzano in 2018.

Chiara Dipasquale is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Renewable Energy at Eurac Research, Italy.

Expert in dynamic simulations of buildings and sustainable heating and cooling systems; development of control strategies for heating and cooling systems; definition of retrofit solutions for existing buildings.

Federico Trentin received a MSc in Energy Engineering at the University of Trento – Free University of Bolzano in 2018.

After graduating he joined as researcher the Sustainable Heating and Cooling Systems research group at the Institute for Renewable Energy. He works mainly on dynamic simulation and control of innovative HVAC systems.