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ARNHEM, Netherlands

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY 2013.2.3.2 | Award Amount: 6.54M | Year: 2013

European Commission plans for wind energy development by 2020, highlights a fully competitive onshore wind power with 20% penetration. One of the better opportunities to fulfil this aim is the integration of small and medium wind turbines into urban and peri-urban environments, due to the potential market given. However, nowadays there are several barriers) that have relegated the Small Wind Turbines (SWTs) sector to stand as a minority choice among the renewable energy options. SWIP project expects to suppose a critical burst to the expansion of SWTs in Europe and worldwide. SWIP aims to develop, implement and test innovative solutions and components for tackling the current barriers the technology have, opening the way for a successful market uptake in the near future. These cutting-edge technology improvements will result in an important reduction of maintenance costs (near 40%), an increase in 9% in SWTs performance, the mitigation and/or elimination of noise and vibrations, likely reducing final users investment. All in all, SWIP will provide a new methodology for wind resource assessment in urban areas with a maximum of 8% RMS error in speed prediction. The whole development performed within the project, will be supported on the basis of aesthetical design and integration into urban environments, as well as scalability of solutions, as main drivers for project success. Three pilots for testing different solutions and different urban applications are envisaged. In order to achieve these goals, a well-balanced consortium, including ten different nationalities is given. The project is industrially driven, mainly by SMEs, which are the main actors in the small wind energy market. These five SMEs will provide their experience and knowledge, supported by a large company with expertise in the sector and 5 best in class research institutions. Finally, a public authority and an European Economic Interest Group closes SWIP competitive consortium.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-07-2014 | Award Amount: 13.86M | Year: 2015

NOBEL GRID will develop, deploy and evaluate advanced tools and ICT services for energy DSOs cooperatives and medium-size retailers, enabling active consumers involvement i.e. new demand response schemas and flexibility of the market i.e. new business models for aggregators and ESCOs. Through the dual-use of telecommunication networks, and validating the integration of renewable generation presence and demand response systems, NOBEL GRID will offer advanced services to all actors in the retail markets of the electricity system in order to ensure that all consumers will benefit from cheaper prices, more secure and stable grids and low carbon electricity supply. The project results will be demonstrated and validated in real world environments with active involvement of all the actors, and based on the new business models defined during the project.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: NMP-15-2015 | Award Amount: 11.85M | Year: 2016

MATChING goal is the reduction of cooling water demand in the energy sector through innovative technological solutions, to be demonstrated in thermal and geothermal power plants. The project targets include an overall saving of water withdrawal of 30% in thermal power generation, and a decrease of evaporative losses up to 15% in geothermal sector. The use of advanced and nano-technology based materials will be leveraged to make economically affordable water saving in power plants and pave the way to the market uptake. All technological areas of plant cooling systems will be affected: cooling tower, steam condenser, cooling water circuit and water conditioning. The use of alternative cooling fluids will be investigated to develop advanced hybrid cooling towers for geothermal high temperature power plants, and hybrid cooled binary cycles for low temperature geothermal fields, combining dry/wet cooling, and closed loop groundwater cooling. To increase available effective water supply at reasonable costs, alternative water sources will be exploited: different membrane based technologies will be used to re-cycle or re-use municipal, process and blow down waters. To improve cooling equipment robustness advanced materials and coatings for cooling tower and condensers will be investigated, allowing increasing concentration cycles or directly using aggressive fluids. Demonstration will take place in partner-owned industrial sites, operating pilot plants in intended environment and/or in demo scale, guaranteeing the achievement of TRL 6 for all the technologies. The demonstration activities and the partnership composition ensures the validation of suitable business models and the finalization of business plans, guaranteeing the technological transfer from industry to market, increasing competitiveness at European level, and impacting on water use in power generation sector.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SoU | Phase: EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1 | Award Amount: 8.46M | Year: 2012

This project is about the demonstration of very low energy buildings. In all demonstrations, the ambition is net zero carbon/energy or better (active or plus-energy house). The project paves the way for large scale implementation of energy neutral buildings/neighbourhoods as foreseen in the Energy Performance of Buildings directive and the pilots are running more than five years ahead of the goal of the EU, to have energy-neutral new build dwellings by the start of 2019. Common approach is: 1- Reduce demand, 2-Sustainable heat, 3- Local renewables for residual demand. In Amsterdam, an old harbour area close to the city center will be developed as a climate neutral, water-rich neighbourhood. SPLA Lyon-Confluence consider setting very ambitious energy targets for their P-Plot building : this building should have a balanced energy consumption calculated in primary energy. The Grnkullan & Hlan area will be registered and evaluated on multiple parameters within 10 eco topics before, during design and in the evaluation. The houses will be built as passive houses and supplemented with renewable energy supply making the houses ACTIVE. The three pilots have a total gross floor area of about 50000 m2. All set the standard for future developments. Within all demonstrations there is a strong emphasis on demonstration of competitive techniques like waste water heat recovery. Demonstrations of ICT-based inhabitant energy feedback systems are included. Existing systems are improved and new ones are developed. A system for neighbourhood load control will be developed and demonstrated. The project includes innovative building element development. Topics are building-integrated PV-panels, important for all the demonstration sites, and transmission controllable windows that have significant potential to reduce the building energy demand. Monitoring, an extensive dissemination program and a special effort on mutual learning and experience exchange are paer of the project.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SoU | Phase: ENERGY.2013.8.8.1 | Award Amount: 42.87M | Year: 2014

City-zen deals with the development of the city of the future. The project has three major goals, 1- to realize more effective collaboration models and a methodology for development of smart cities, 2- to connect with industry, and have them develop technology to the benefit of smart cities and 3- to showcase to society ambitious pilot projects. Main idea for this project is that after successful implementations in topics such as district heating, energy grids, local energy generation, energy efficiency for housing, now it is time for the next big step: integrated flexible open infrastructures. The approach taken is the set-up of stakeholder teams in the demonstrator cities, to accelerate the realization of energy-efficient city development. This effort is supported by technology teams including industrial parties. Workshops aiming at decreasing the gap between innovation and implementation will be organized and knowledge-disclosing material will be developed by specialized working groups in retrofitting, smart grids, and heating and cooling. This approach holds for both technology and process improvement. The demonstrators in Amsterdam and Grenoble include retrofitting 105000 m2 of housing to levels down to 53 kWh/m2, showing average savings of the order of 80%. Furthermore they include fully-functional smart grid development, electricity storage demonstrators, free cooling schemes and district heating efficiency improvements. The City-zen project recognizes the key position of citizens, so ample attention is paid to dissemination and education of this group. Serious gaming is included as part of the work, as well as a roadshow bringing the results of the project right at the doorsteps of decision makers in other cities. Extensive monitoring of all buildings and installations is included. All demonstrators together have an estimated impact of 59000 tonne/year CO2 reduction. Amsterdam and Grenoble CO2 reduction goals for 2050 are 80% reduction.

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