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Hybrid Variable Geometry Ejector Cooling and Heating System for Buildings Driven by Solar and Biomass Heat

Objective

The Hybrid – BioVGE project has the primary objective of developing and demonstrating a highly integrated solar/biomass hybrid air conditioning system for space cooling and heating of residential and commercial buildings that is affordable, operating with improved efficiency and reduced need for maintenance. The proposed system will be driven by heat, using two renewable energy resources: solar thermal and biomass. Only a small amount of electricity will be needed for the circulation pumps and the control system (less than 5% of the total needs). Thus, it is expected that 95% of the building thermal load will be satisfied by renewable energy. The Hybrid-BioVGE project is a cooperation of seven key research institutions and companies of the required trans-disciplinary approach.
The proposed system will be composed by a number of major components, including solar collector field, biomass boiler, thermal energy storage unit using PCM, thermally driven variable geometry ejector chiller, heat distribution and intelligent integrated control system. The Hybrid – BioVGE system represents innovative solutions at both component and system levels. Component level innovations include e.g. the application low cost solar collectors, high performance variable geometry ejector chiller, multi-fuel biomass boiler. At the system level, innovation effort will be carried out in order to reduce system complexity and to develop an intelligent energy monitoring and control unit that will lead to efficient operation of its components, with reduced cost and little need for interference by the end user. The potential of the proposed technology will be demonstrated by testing three small scale prototypes, adequate for residential and small commercial buildings, under different European climatic conditions: heating load dominated; balanced heating and cooling load; and cooling load dominated. A TRL of 7 for the Hybrid – BioVGE system will be achieved by the end of the project.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-RES-SingleStage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias 400
4200 465 Porto
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 060 425

Participants (6)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 734 331,25
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOLARFOCUS GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 419 387,50
Address
Werkstrasse 1
4451 Sankt Ulrich Bei Steyr
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HARGASSNER GES MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 273 437,50
Address
Anton Hargassner Strasse 1
4952 Weng Im Innkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO INNOWACYJNO-WDROZENIOWE COMPLEX SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 98 612,50
Address
Ul. Jabloniowa 42/6
40 111 Katowice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 351 413,75
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HSR HOCHSCHULE FUR TECHNIK RAPPERSWIL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 425 062,50
Address
Oberseestrasse 10
8640 Rapperswil
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments