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IRWES Report Summary

Project reference: 666624

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IRWES (Integrated Roof Wind Energy System)

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

IBIS Power and Pontis Engineering with the project IRWES (Integrated Roof Wind Energy System), received a score of 14.35 out of 15.00 from the European Commission for H2020 SME Phase II grant with all aspect graded as excellent by the independent jury.The project relates to the work program topic “Secure, clean and efficient energy”, specifically, SIE 1–2014/2015: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for low carbon and efficient energy systems.IRWES, now “PowerNEST”, is an innovative energy system integrating wind and solar sources applied on higher buildings in the built environment. The project started on the 1st of April 2015 and takes 2 years.Using innovative design principles, it not only contributes to dramatically reducing the carbon footprint but also drives economic growth in all parts of the value chain from manufacturing to installation and maintenance.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Using Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Method (FEM) several potential sites were inspected and evaluated for placement of the unit.These inputs have also streamlined the design leading to a leaner and green solution. The Demo unit has been installed in April 2016 in Eemshaven in the Netherlands. Passive marketing and communication strategies have been developed by IBIS and have been successfully used for communication via social media over the internet as well as print media. IBIS has also participated in conferences and events in USA, Germany, Milan, Belgium and Dubai. Insights from potential customers, has been invaluable input for the new sales plan being developed for Europe. Necessary legal documentation is in place. A letter of interest for purchase of the unit has been signed with Woonbedrijf Social Housing Association and Rabobank’s Head of Sustainability. With an objective to attract investors, a new business plan is in place with assistance from a business coach from the European Commission. Regular reporting on financial and technical aspects, consortium meetings as well as participation in significant outreach activities has been carried out by IBIS Power.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

New ideas for integrated wind and solar energy have been developed. With a focus on higher efficiency and leaner assembly, the new design named PowerEDGE has been developed. This will have a major impact not only on the implementation of renewable energy in the urban built environment, but also supply chain and energy independency of Europe. IBIS has started a new patent process to protect PowerEDGE.

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Record Number: 186685 / Last updated on: 2016-07-14