HYBUILD Aglantzia (Cyprus) demo site inauguration

On 29th March 2022, the HYBUILD demo site in Aglantzia (Cyprus) was officially inaugurated, in presence of the Mayor of Aglantzia, Andreas Konstantinou, the Minister of Defense, Charalambos Petridis, the Rector of the University of Cyprus, Tassos Christofidis and the Chairman of the Board EAC, Despina Panagiotou Theodosiou.
After 5 years of work supported by the HYBUILD project, the building which was the former “Traditional Grocery of Aglantzia” has been converted into a Center for Exhibition of New Technologies for Sustainable Development.
Watch the short video below for an overview of the refurbishment work conducted over the past years. More information is available on the Pilots page of our website.

HYBUILD promoted at MIPIM 2022 in Cannes

Our partner R2M Solution was at MIPIM World in Cannes last week to promote its #Research and #Innovation activities including our HYBUILD project and its final outcomes.

MIPIM is the World leading real-estate market event which brings the entire value chain together. It gathered more than 20.000 stakeholders. 

HYBUILD was promoted through the event #Proptech area which is designed to promote disruptive innovations for the built environment, and to contribute to bridge the gap between #research and #market. It was promoted both through the R2M Solution company booth, and also through the booth organised by the SmartBuilt4EU project which promoted its Smart Buildings Future Technologies brochure in which the HYBUILD Smart BEMS component is featured.

R2M Solution booth promoting EC-supported R&I activities (1/2)
R2M Solution booth promoting EC-supported R&I activities (2/2)
SmartBuilt4EU booth promoting the “Smart Buildings Future Technologies” brochure

#renovation #innovation #builtenvironment #realestate

Hybrid domestic energy systems of the future

HYBUILD is glad to participate in this event organised by SCORES in cooperation with BUILD UP which will take place the 17th February 2022, 10h00-12h00 CETRegister here.

The SCORES project is celebrating its final event, which will deal with “Hybrid domestic energy systems of the future”.

AGENDA

  • 10:00 – 10:05: Introduction to the webinar (FENIX TNT)
  • 10:05 – 10:15: Introduction to the project, goals, challenges (TNO)

10:15 – 11:00: SCORES Technologies

  • Building management system (SIEMENS)
  • Phase change material (CAMPA)
  • Heat Pumps (HELIOPAC)
  • CLC Seasonal thermal energy storage (TNO)
  • Heat battery (KMG)
  • Demonstration of the technologies (EDF / AEE)
  • Q&A Session
  • 11:00 – 11:20: Cluster project (HYBUILD)
  • 11:20 – 11:25: Break

11:25 – 12:00: Future with SCORES technologies

  • System simulation (AEE)
  • Market assessment (RINA)
  • Social impact and training (FENIX TNT / IPS)
  • Panel discussion

HYBUILD control system (Smart BEMS) highlighted in a SmartBuilt4EU brochure

The Smart Building Energy Management System of the HYBUILD solution, developed by our partner Engineering, is featured in the latest brochure edited by the SmartBuilt4EU project.

The SmartBuilt4EU project supports innovators from the smart building value chain through concrete networking and communication actions. SmartBuilt4EU also develops a Strategic Research Agenda combined to policy recommendations to support the further uptake of smart buildings.

The brochure highlights 17 Future Technologies which aim at increasing smart readiness of European buildings.

Download the brochure

HYBUILD at the ECTP 2021 Conference

Our partner STRESS delivered a HYBUILD presentation at the 2021 ECTP Conference.

9th ECTP Conference, Opening session

The conference was organised by MWCC and PTEC on Thursday & Friday 2-3 December 2021 as an hybrid event, both with attendees onsite at the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, and with an online broadcast.

HYBUILD was presented in the “Embracing Built4People partnership” session of the conference, as part of a series of inspirational talks of projects funded by the Energy efficient Buildings contractual Public and Private Partnership (EeB cPPP).

Ing. Carmine Pascale – STRESS – presenting our HYBUILD project
Dedicated ECTP session where HYBUILD contributed to

Implementing SDGs to a Sustainable Rural Village Development from Community Empowerment: Linking Energy, Education, Innovation, and Research

This new journal paper in MDPI Sustainability from our partner GREiA Research Group at University of Lleida is proposing a focus on the town of Almatret & the ALMIA project, where the HYBUILD Spanish demo site is implemented.

Fresnel solar field and youth hostel building

Executive Summary

Rural depopulation is a worldwide fact and has a domino effect on medium and small cities, which act as a nucleus of reference for small towns. Moreover, the United Nations (UN) stressed that disparities between rural and urban areas are pronounced and still growing over time. Globally, people in rural areas lack access to modern energy services, which affects productivity, educational and health services, exacerbating poverty, among other things. Given this reality, the following research questions arise: how can we act to reverse this reality? Are there examples of transformation in rural contexts where community empowerment is a key strategy? This paper aims at describing the transformation process of a small rural municipality towards a sustainable development, in parallel to the activation of the local productivity that helps to eliminate the effects of rural depopulation. Therefore, the project ALMIA was established as an example of a sustainable village that is Almatret (Catalonia-Spain). The backbone of such project is the commitment to community empowerment, where the main results are the generation of networks with experts and researchers to help the municipality’s energy transition, the involvement of the local administration, the commitment to technological development, as well as the socio-community development. Moreover, the activities developed within the project ALMIA are aligned with the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, alignment that is analyzed in detail. Thus, this paper aims to further highlight existing sustainable development practices related to community empowerment in order to promote similar practices.

Read the full paper here.

A New Methodological Approach for the Evaluation of Scaling Up a Latent Storage Module for Integration in Heat Pumps

Our partner GREiA Research Group (University of Lleida) has coordinated the edition and publication of a new journal paper presenting HYBUILD outcomes in MDPI Energies, together with HYBUILD partners AKG and CNR ITAE.

Executive summary

A clear gap was identified in the literature regarding the in-depth evaluation of scaling up thermal energy storage components. To cover such a gap, a new methodological approach was developed and applied to a novel latent thermal energy storage module. The purpose of this paper is to identify some key aspects to be considered when scaling up the module from lab-scale to full-scale using different performance indicators calculated in both charge and discharge. Different normalization methods were applied to allow an appropriate comparison of the results at both scales. As a result of the scaling up, the theoretical energy storage capacity increases by 52% and 145%, the average charging power increases by 21% and 94%, while the average discharging power decreases by 16% but increases by 36% when mass and volume normalization methods are used, respectively. When normalization by the surface area of heat transfer is used, all of the above performance indicators decrease, especially the average discharging power, which decreases by 49%. Moreover, energy performance in charge and discharge decreases by 17% and 15%, respectively. However, efficiencies related to charging, discharging, and round-trip processes are practically not affected by the scaling up.

Overall schematic of the innovative system

Read the full paper here.

Nit Europea de la Recerca 2021 (European Researchers’ Night 2021)

Our partners University of Lleida (GREiA Research Group) and Almatret contributed to the 2021 European Researchers’ Night (24-25 September 2021).

La Nit Europea de la Recerca

European Researchers’ Nights are public events dedicated to bringing researchers closer to the public. They showcase the diversity of research and highlight the impact of research on our daily lives. The aim is also to motivate young people to embark on research careers. The events promote how researchers contribute to our society by displaying their work in an interactive and engaging forum.

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