Introducing PINK, energy storage tanks designer and producer

HYBUILD is a group of 21 partners from 9 countries. Every month, a new HYBUILD partner is introduced in our Blog section. Today, PINK GmbH.

Pink – In a nutshell

The company Pink GmbH has years of experience in the field of designing and production of storage tanks, stainless steel hot water tanks and energy storage tanks. Additionally Pink is a specialist in the field of solar thermal systems and solar/thermally driven cooling. Another important business area are district heating systems. Pink developed a software tool to simulate district heating networks. This tool helps to design and optimize district heating systems.


Within HYBUILD we will develop a decentralized, pre-mounted, wall-integrated domestic-hot-water-storage system with optimized hydraulic and control. The aim is to achieve a high energy efficiency paired with maximum user comfort in combination with the heat-pump and latent storage system of the continental subsystem.

enerboxx® super-flat, invisible hot water storage system

Sample configuration within a multi family house

Get in touch

DI(FH) Werner Pink

Teamleading, R&D-management, Project-management

Long term experience in development of different kind of storage tank systems. Experience in national and international development projects.

DI Christian Halmdienst

Hydraulic system, control, test-bench

Excellent researcher in the field of hydraulic systems, developer of the simulation software for hydraulic grids “simplex” used in many commercial and development projects for system simulation and analyses. Expert in control systems (software) and responsible for the internal hydraulic test bench.

Ing. Wolfgang Schuller

Component design, manufacturing supervising.

Long term experience in design (CAD), production planning and supervising of tanks for various applications.

HYBUILD presented in a master class at EFINTEC – Barcelona

The H2020 project TESSe2b will be hosting on Thursday October 4th, 2018, a master class titled “Market innovation: New HVAC systems using Enhanced Thermal Energy Storage”, in the context of the EFINTEC 2018 exhibition & forum in Barcelona.

The HYBUILD project coordinator, Sergio Valentino Costa (COMSA), will be giving an overall presentation of the project with a focus on its key innovative components.

Three other related H2020 projects will be presenting here.

The event is open to the public. Registration available through this link.


EFINTEC exhibition and forum is directed at installation companies, distributors and maintenance professionals in the electric, thermal equipment, home renovation and renewable energy sectors.

Further information at

HYBUILD exhibiting at CHILLVENTA – 16-18 Oct. 2018

HYBUILD will be present at Chillventa 2018, the International exhibition on Refrigeration, AC & ventilation,  and Heat Pumps, which will be held from 16-18 October 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany.

The HYBUILD project will be present through the exhibition booth of AIT – the Austrian Institute of Technology . Get in touch with Gerwin Drexler-Schmid at the event to learn further about HYBUILD.

About Chillventa

First organized under the name of “Chillventa” in 2008, it is now one of the most important events in the world for refrigeration, ac & ventilation and heat pumps. 981 exhibitors and more than 30.000 visitors in 2016 speak a clear language. The very large international share of 67 % for exhibitors and 56 % for visitors also emphasizes Chillventa’s importance as global-leading exhibition.

  • 96% of the exhibitors reached their most important target groups.
  • 93% of the exhibitors made new business connections.
  • 87% expected noticeable follow-up business.
  • 63% of the exhibition visitors came from the European Union (including 43 % from Germany), 17 % from the rest of Europe, 15 % from Australia, Asia and Africa, and 6 % from America.

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Solar Energy for Buildings: HYBUILD at EuroSun 2018

The HYBUILD work on dynamic simulation of the hybrid energy storage components developed in the project was presented at the EuroSun 2018  conference in Rapperswil, Switzerland, by CNR -ITAE, Valeria Palomba.

The EuroSun conference offers a platform to discuss the latest developments with leading solar energy experts as well as policy makers and industry representatives. Further information available at : 

The future of energy storage at SP18: final workshop report

The “future of energy storage” workshop was organised on June 27th 2018 in the context of the International conference Sustainable Places 2018 with the aim to benchmark the progress of six projects supported by the European Commission which are focused on the development of innovative energy storage solutions.

Participating projects were:

  • HYBUILD – Hybrid Energy Storage for Buildings (H2020 – 768824)
  • SCORES – Self Consumption Of Renewable Energy by hybrid Storage systems (H2020 – 766464)
  • TESSe2b – Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Energy Efficient Buildings (H2020 – 680555)
  • CREATE – Compact REtrofit Advanced Thermal Energy storage (H2020 – 680450)
  • E2VENT – Energy Efficient Ventilated Façades for Optimal Adaptability and Heat Exchange enabling low energy architectural concepts for the refurbishment of existing buildings (H2020 – 637261)
  • STORY– Added value of STORage in distribution sYstems (H2020 – 646426) 

Read the full workshop report here :  SP18_HYBUILD-Workshop_Minutes

Introducing Municipality of Aglantzia

HYBUILD is a group of 21 partners from 9 countries. Every month, a new HYBUILD partner is introduced in our Blog section. Today, Aglantzia, a urban municipality situated in the central part of Cyprus near the country’s capital Nicosia.

Situation, activities, point of interests

The history of Aglantzia dates back as far as 3888 B.C., but the Municipality itself was founded in May 1986. The Municipality of Aglantzia is located near  Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. It is an indigenous municipality with an area of ​​31 square kilometers, of which 14 are agricultural land (occupied by Turkish troops since 1974).

Aglantzia has made much advancement during the last few years. Being spread out in the Greater Nicosia area, Aglantzia still has a great development potential and, thanks to her large green spaces, it is justifiably called the green municipality of Cyprus. The residential area of Aglantzia is located on the highest altitude in Nicosia and the city of Aglantzia combines old with new buildings, as well as a unique renovated historic center.

During this time, in a spirit of understanding and cooperation and for the sole purpose of the progress and development of the Municipality, the Mayor and the Municipal Councils succeeded in accomplishing an important work that changed the face of Aglantzia.

The town has a population of 23,000 and its economy is mainly based on the Services sector (The University of Cyprus, the National television and many banks have major offices in Aglantzia). Aglantzia has been working for several years in European projects, mainly in the field of intelligent energy and Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

Μr Charalambos Petrides was elected Mayor of Aglantzia in 2016 elections.

Key annual events of the municipality include:

  • Aglantzia Festival (various cultural events),
  • Aglantzia Jazz Festival ,
  • Carnival Parade

Key points of interest include:

  • National Forest Park of Athalassa,
  • the “Skali” Cultural Centre,
  • the Campus of the University of Cyprus.

Aglantzia has innovative activities in the following areas:

  • e-government,
  • intelligent energy,
  • cultural activities,
  • efficient waste management  “Pay  as you throw”,
  • reviving old city center etc.


Role of the municipality in HYBUILD

HYBUILD’s hybrid storage systems will be used to upgrade facilities in existing buildings in three different demo sites. One of the project applications will be implemented by the Municipality of Aglantzia in cooperation with FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus and other partners. The proposed system will be installed on a vernacular dwelling located in the historic core of Aglantzia, which will be used as a Renewable Energy and smart solutions Center by the municipality with the support of the University of Cyprus. Particular emphasis will be placed on the preservation of the building’s cultural heritage values and on the assessment of innovative technologies’ contribution to the rehabilitation of historic buildings and settlements.

Key staff involved in HYBUILD

Mrs. Athena Yiannaka (MSc, EUREM) received her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the People’s Friendship University of Russia in 1986, and remained there until 1989 to complete an extended postgraduate research project focused on the development of novel concrete and cement technologies under the guidance of Prof. Tamara Nikolayievna Akimova. Shortly after, she returned to Cyprus to join the Technical Department of the Municipality of Aglantzia. She was promoted to Executive Engineer in 2008. In 2011, she was also appointed a formal member of the scientific advisory board for the consolidation and modernization of governmental policies and building regulations in accordance to EU legislation, for the Ministry of Internal-Affairs. She is a certified European Energy Manager (EUREM) and currently holds the position of Municipal Energy Manager. In addition, Athena is active member of the Technical Chamber of Cyprus (ETEK) and the Cyprus Association of Civil Engineers (CYACE), conducting lectures and seminars on governmental policies for building regulations, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency for various professional organizations.

Mrs Antigone Hadjigeorgiou (FCCA) completed her exams for the ACCA in June 2000. She became a Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) in October 2000 and Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Cyprus (ICPAC) since March 2001. During her career had the chance to work in various fields of the sector such as accounting services, monitoring Financial Information in IPO of Public Companies in the Cyprus Stock Exchange and has a significant knowledge of the Public Sector in Cyprus and particular Public Procurement Processes according to EU Legislation. She was appointed as Municipal Treasurer of Aglantzia Municipality in March 2009 and since then she is the Head of the Financial Services of the organization. She has knowledge in variety subjects of the department such as budgeting, preparation of financial statements, invoicing and receipts and various financial matters. She is a hard-working person and likes challenges. She has many interests including arts, architecture, theatre and sports.

Mrs Andri Vitsaidou is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens receiving
the degree of MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is a member of the professional body ETEK. Following that she has received further specializations as follows:
2017-2017: Project Management Certificate, New Skills Academy
2016 – 2016: Event Management, Blue Mountain Training Solutions
2015 – 2015: Garden Design and Maintenance Diploma, New Skills Academy Also, she has received lessons in interior design and lighting design.
Since 2010 she is employed by the Aglantzia Municipality as a Municipality Officer covering the areas of IT, conflict resolution, open school, volunteering work and Monitoring City Council decisions.


Introducing CNR ITAE

HYBUILD is a group of 21 partners from 9 countries. Every month, a new HYBUILD partner is introduced in our Blog section. Today, CNR ITAE (Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies).

CNR ITAE in a nutshell

CNR ITAE Institute, located in Messina (IT) is part of the National Council of Research. Since its foundation in 1983, its mission is the development of environmentally-friendly innovative technologies and energy processes, through the use of fossil and renewable energy sources. The staff of the institute currently includes 85 people among researchers, PhD students and technicians. The core research fields include thermal storage, electric storage, renewable energy conversion and integration, hydrogen production and storage, biofuels and high efficiency energy buildings. The institute carries out research and development activities, with special focus on applied research and technology transfer to promote market introduction of the developed technologies. The institute has taken part in several FP6, FP7 and H2020 projects and is currently partner of 8 active projects and coordinator of 1 active project.


CNR ITAE participates in the HYBUILD project as expert in thermal and electrical storage design and testing. CNR ITAE is leading Work Package (WP2) on core components and modules design, which aims at the design, manufacturing and laboratory of the main components of the hybrid storage systems, including both the thermal and the electric part. CNR ITAE will follow the entire design process and will cooperate with manufacturer and other consortium partners to realise the first complete hybrid prototypes that will be tested in the laboratory facilities prior to the installation in demo sites.

Moreover, CNR ITAE will contribute to WP3 and WP4, with the aim of realising models for the subsystems and the entire system, which will help in choosing the right sizing and control strategy.

Meet our staff

The following staff is involved in the HYBUILD project:

Andrea Frazzica is the CNR ITAE project leader of HYBUILD. He got his Master Degree in Materials Engineering in 2008 and the Ph.D. in Engineering and Chemistry of Materials in 2012 at the University of Messina. He is currently researcher at the CNR-ITAE in Messina. His main research activity focuses on the development of materials and components for heat storage and transformation technologies, both for residential and industrial applications. He is in charge for the CNR ITAE activities within other three ongoing H2020 projects, dealing with thermal storage and renewable heating and cooling technologies. He is CNR ITAE representative in different Tasks and Annexes of the International Energy Agency (IEA) on the same topics. He published about 40 papers on international journals, 2 books, more than 50 papers at international conferences, 2 patents and he is editor of a book focusing on thermal energy storage technologies.

Valeria Palomba got her Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering at University of Messina in 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Chemistry of Materials and Structures and is currently working as post-doc researcher at CNR-ITAE in Messina. Her research is mainly involved with thermal systems for energy conversion and storage, especially in the field of adsorption heat pumps/chiller and thermal energy storage. During her PhD she was a visiting researcher at Fraunhofer ISE and University of Lleida. She authored 20 publications on ISI-indexed journals and 13 contributions to conferences.

Francesco Sergi got his degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pisa, post graduate Stage at Studio PSE (Power Systems Projects), Ph.D. in Materials for Environment and Energy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is currently Researcher at the CNR-ITAE of Messina, performing research on fuel cells  (FC)  at  low  and  high  temperature  (PEFC  and  SOFC),  on  energy  storage  technologies  and  on integration between new technologies and renewable energy sources. Author of  more than 30 international publications,  was  the  designer  of  numerous  production  plants  and  utilization  of  electrical  energy,  using renewable  energy  sources,  energy  storage  systems  and  also  hydrogen.  He  is  ITAE representative,  in  the European Renewable Energy Research Centers Agency (EUREC Agency), in the Working group Energy Supply Networks of the EERA Joint Programme Smart Cities and in the JP EERA Smart Grids

Giovanni Brunaccini got his degree in electronics engineering (telecommunication branch) at University of Catania in 2004, defending a master degree thesis on microwave telecommunications devices and simulation codes. Ph.D. in Materials for Environment and Energy at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 2010. He works at CNR-ITAE “Nicola Giordano” as a researcher. At present his research activities deal with development, test and characterization of (high and low temperature) fuel cell systems for stationary and automotive applications. Author and co-author of more of 30 publications on international journals.

Davide Aloisio, graduated in March 2010 in Electronic Engineering at the University of Messina with honors. From January 2011 to December 2013 he obtained a PhD in “Advanced Technologies for Photonic, Optics and the Electromagnetic Modeling “at the University of Messina Engineering Faculty. In December 2013 he won the “Megatalenti” scholarship awarded by the Technological District of Catania, Plast_ICS project, an advanced training course for the figure of “Expert technologist in virtual prototyping of integrated circuits on flexible supports”. In December 2014 he left the scholarship to take a research grant won at the CNR ITAE Institute of Messina. From this date to now he has worked on several projects of the research group on smart grids, hybrid systems, advanced battery technologies.

Marco Ferraro, Mechanical Engineer, got his University degree at the “Università degli Studi di Palermo”. Today he is researcher at CNR, Project Manager (Italian Institute of Project Management – ISIPM), and he led several European (FP7) and National Projects. From 2009 to 2015 he led the “Stationary Applications” team under CNR ET.P03.008 “Innovative Energy Systems”. Today he is CNR Representative at Working Group FCH JU (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) on “Energy Pillar “ and at the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme on Energy Storage. He published 56 articles in SCI journals.

Vincenzo Antonucci: Project leader Distributed Energy Systems of CNR, Dept Energy and Transportation and Research Manager of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Project at CNR- ITAE, President of Commission CEI (Italy IEC section) WG 105 Fuel Cells, energy expert (MIUR Ministery of Research Italy, DG Tren, IEA) Member SRA and IP Working Group HFC Platform, Member Italian HFC Platform and Leader Deployment Group, Member of Management for the definition of Energy Plan for Sicily Region, Authors of more of 250 papers in Hydrogen and FC sector, in the top list (first 10 rank 6) of the authors in the Thomson  reference list in Fuel Cell field. Vice Chair of the Research Grouping in the JTI (European Commission) for the planning of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell activities in of the  FP7. Experience in production, storage, distribution of hydrogen, fuel cells systems for transportation and distributed energy systems.

EeB PPP Project Review 2018

HYBUILD is featured in the 7th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review which has just been released by ECTP – the European Construction Technology Platform. This yearly publication presents the progress of a portfolio of 168 European research projects aiming at developing new technologies for energy efficient buildings. 110 projects are co-funded within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) from 2010 to 2013 and 58 projects are co-funded under the Horizon 2020 programme between 2014 and 2017.

The 2018 edition of the Project Review highlights current results and achieved or expected benefits of the EeB PPP projects. The overall target is to develop breakthrough affordable technical and business driven solutions at building and district scale. The projects demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across the whole value chain, from early stage conception to demonstration of almost ready-to-market innovations. Distributed into 7 technology-clusters defined according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap (Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM), the 168 research projects featured in this brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sector.

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