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PLUG-N-play passive and active multi-modal energy HARVESTing systems, circular economy by design, with high replicability for Self-sufficient Districts Near-Zero Buildings

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - PLUG-N-HARVEST (PLUG-N-play passive and active multi-modal energy HARVESTing systems, circular economy by design, with high replicability for Self-sufficient Districts Near-Zero Buildings)

Reporting period: 2019-03-01 to 2020-08-31

Affordable and attractive-to-the-end-user renovation. Enable deep renovation without requiring “expensive” as well as disruptive retrofitting activities. Enable the “easy” installation/de-installation of new energy efficiency technologies (related to renewable energy generation and storage, smart insulation materials, etc). Last, but not least, enable the affordable transformation of consumers into prosumers.

The building sector is one of the most energy consuming sectors in Europe. Deep renovation is needed in order to significantly improve the energy consumption in the building sector. However, such a deep renovation is typically avoided by home/house owners for two reasons: (a) it is quite expensive and (b) it is not “attractive” to the user as it requires disruptive activities and has a very long pay back period. PLUG-N-HARVEST attempts to resolve these two shortcomings.

Develop a double façade concept which is “easy” to install and de-install, modular and plug-n-play towards achieving deep renovation in an affordable and attractive-to-the-end-user manner. In addition, and thanks to its plug-n-play and modular nature, the PnH double façade concept will enable the plug-n-play installation and operation of renewable energy generation and storage systems as well as intelligent energy management and control system that will enable the optimal and stable exploitation of renewable energy within the building as well as to the overall grid.
WPs started: all

Meetings held: Kick-off (21-22/9/17 Aachen, Germany), Workshop (28-29/11/17 Thessaloniki, Greece), 2nd Plenary (23-24/1/18 Thessaloniki, Greece), 3rd Plenary (6-8/6/18 Barcelona, Spain), 4th Plenary (21-22/11/18 Cardiff, UK), Plenary Telco (14/12/18), 5th Plenary (26-27/2/19 Aachen, Germany), 1st Review (4/4/19 Brussels, Belgium).

WP1: Start 1/9/17 (M1) – 1st Cycle End 30/11/18 (M15)
Systematically formalize all initial stakeholder requirements.
Provide inputs for technical and non-technical work packages and align with validation activities.
Perform thorough pilot surveys on-site at early stages of the project (for both project’s use cases) to identify special needs and existing infrastructures of pilot premises.
Elicit the generic and specific User & Business requirements/refinement.
Prepare a pilot evaluation and system validation framework towards assessing the fulfillment of the PnH integration framework.
Delivery of:
D1.1 in Aug 2018. Lists of relevant project indicators: 17 KPIs (key indicators) and 28 DPIs (secondary indicators).
D1.2.1 and D1.2.2 in Oct 2018. T1.2.1 – Use case site survey and audit reports, T1.2.2 – Evaluation plan layout.
D1.3 in Oct 2018. Systems engineering requirements definition.
D1.4 in late 2018. Architectural design and technical specs.
D1.5 in late 2018. Active-façade CFD simulation.

WP2: Start 1/12/17 (M4) – 1st Cycle End 28/2/19 (M18)
Detailed investigations and optimization based on general definition from WP1.
Modular toolbox concept definition for retrofit variants of existing residential and non-residential buildings.
Numerical verification of structural and energetic layout.
Models of the pilots and the PnH modular toolkit.

WP3: Start 1/12/17 (M4) – 1st Cycle End 28/2/19 (M18)
Functional description for all WP3 components.
Equipment specifications for BMS compatibility.
List of necessary equipment for building control.
Dummy remote server for interfaces verification.
WP3 modules architectural cloud-topology.
Integrated architectural topology peer reviewed publication.
Data Annotation of common data model.
Delivery of D3.1[a] to D3.4[a].
Initiate modules execution sequence.

WP4: Start 1/12/18 (M16)
Roadmap/guidelines/procedures for implementation completed.
First proposal for the generic design completed; adaptation to the pilots close to final (in cooperation with the installers).
Cost items estimated (ADBE, Technik elements, sensor/actuators).
Preparing for implementation (choice of installers).
Integrated system pre-pilot(s) defined.

WP5: Start 1/9/17 (M1)
Develop and implement products as business models based on the Circular Economy, allowing the massive replicability of the solutions developed according to the market conditions, and ensuring paybacks periods less than 10 years by considering the complete solutions as physical and financial asset.
Develop business models for each one of the demo cases, adjusting to their singularities, technical and financial boundary conditions and national regulations to obtain viable models based on renting and leasing options.
Design a modular ADBE solution consistent with the concepts of circular economy (e.q. the use of reusable non-toxic and recyclable materials, the guarantee of maximum energy reductions and maximum energy harvesting)
Work done transversally to the rest of WPs, in a continuous feedback loop process, to ensure the viability of the developed economic models.
Delivery of:
D5.1.1 and D5.1.2 on Feb 2019. T5.1.1 – Five Circular Economy design requirements, T5.1.2 – Development of a materials database based on circular materials and products.
D5.2.1 on February 2019. T5.2.1 – Design of a methodology to assess the degree of compliance of CE principles for the construction and building renovation sector, T5.2.2 – Life Cycle Assessment, starts in Mar 2019.
Task 5.3 just started in Jan 2019. Life Cycle Costing Analysis.
Task 5.4 just started in Mar 2019. Development of Financial Business Models.
D5.5 on Aug 2018. Standardization Models and Analysis.
D5.6.1 and D5.6.2 on Aug 2018. T5.6.1 – Market analysis and Business Plans, T5.6.2 – Exploitation Plans.

WP6: Start 1/9/17 (M1)
Public awareness horizontal activities.
Deliver a comprehensive dissemination plan describing dissemination strategy, activities and tools.
Creation of a Network of Interest for PnH.
PnH website creation and social media presence.
Appropriate press releases (news/info/project activities/events/project outputs available).
Brochures, posters & pop up stands design creation.
Compose articles and publications.
List datasets produced by PnH, exploitation perspectives, major management principles.
Delivery of D6.1.1[a] D6.1.2[a] D6.2.1 D6.2.2[a].

WP7: Start 1/9/17 (M1)
Administrative management activities.
Delivery interim and periodic reports to EC.
Financial monitoring progress of all partners.
Quality, Ethics and Risks management.
Mailing lists and file repository creation.
Responsibilities road-map preparation for accelerating pilot realization, new partner(s) identification.
Delivery of D7.1.1 D7.1.2[a] D7.2.1 D7.2.2 and D7.2.3

WP8: Start 1/9/17 (M1)
Possible ethical risks (data collection, management) and related EU and national legislation identified.
Ethical Management Plan specified.
Delivery of an integrated product for designing, installing and operating affordable/attractive double façade renovations with smart energy/smart grid capabilities. Enable the installation and operation of the final product to buildings of different characteristics, geometries, use and needs. Installation and operation to buildings in 4 different European countries. Significant reductions in terms of energy use and, consequently, significant reductions in pollution. Significant increase of “everyday” prosumers as well as in the use of renewable energy generation. Significant increase of highly energy efficient buildings even for home owners/users of low-income.
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