In the EU-funded project “procuRE”, six municipalities from Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Portugal, Israel and Turkey have joined forces to explore climate-neutral energy supply for their buildings.
Innovative efficiency and new energy technologies that lead to a 100% renewable energy supply and usage will be tested in a set of selected public buildings.
The main focus of the R&D project lies on the scalability of these solutions applied in these pilot projects to the entire building stock of the participating municipalities.
The mondas® IoT data platform is used to monitor and analyze these deployed technologies.
Goal: Climate-neutral building stock
Europe wants to become climate-neutral by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the energy retrofit of the building stock must be driven forward at a great pace. After all, the building sector accounts for 40 percent of Europe-wide energy consumption.
Many cities, regions and municipalities in Europe are striving for a climate-friendly energy supply. When it comes to actual implementation, however, they often face obstacles. Retrofit of energy solution such as storage or operational optimization in existing buildings is a difficult task.
How can existing buildings be then renovated to enable a 100 percent renewable energy supply? How can existing schools and administrative buildings be supplied with climate-neutral energy using innovative energy and efficient technologies?
In the EU-funded project “procuRE”, future-proof technical solutions for 100% renewable energy supply are being developed using six municipal buildings as examples. This is not just theory. It is applicable in the real world. This means that the selected efficiency and energy technologies are also installed and tested in operation.
The aim is to show the potential for the entire building stock of the participating municipalities. This comprises up to 21,000 buildings.
After the trial phase, the concepts developed will be implemented in other buildings beyond the once selected for the participating municipalities. The main focus of “procuRE” project lies therefore on the scalability of these concepts and solutions.
The “procuRE” project is looking for innovative, future-proof solutions for the energy supply of municipal buildings.
Committed project partners
A total of three independent consortia have been selected to develop the innovative retrofit models and with the help of which it should be possible to supply every existing non-residential building with 100 percent renewable energy in the future.
SEBR Solutions (Smart Energy Building Renovation) is one of these consortia. Mondas, in turn, is a part and integrator of the SEBR consortium.
procuRE is funded by the research and innovation program “Horizon 2020” of the European Union, grant number 963648.
Optimize commissioning and operation with mondas®
Within the framework of procuRE, the mondas® IoT monitoring data platform plays a central role. In the future, all operating and sensor data of the pilot projects will run on the platform. There, they can be evaluated and analyzed in real time.
This results in several advantages at once:
- During the commissioning phase, the responsible project managers can monitor the proper commissioning of the energy and efficiency technologies.
- Assembly errors that occur in practice are immediately identified and can be quickly eliminated.
- Critical operating conditions are detected immediately and can be remedied before malfunctions or even operational failures occur.
- Deep data analysis can be used to develop load management or battery charging strategies that support a 100 percent renewable energy supply.
- All project participants – from Portugal to Israel – can access the shared operational analyses. The findings from individual pilot projects can thus be applied to similar refurbishment concepts in the company’s own portfolio.
- Building users have constant access to the current building energy balance via web info portals, apps and info screens – in real time.
Different technologies are combined to obtain the erergy setup of the buildings. With mondas® , these can be monitored on a single monitoring platform.
The pilot projects
Each of the participating municipalities has selected a pilot project for which the local potential of regenerative energies is to be identified and the corresponding utilization and efficiency technologies are to be installed and tested.
Barcelona City Council Building, Spain
This historic building from 1850 hosts the central offices of the city administration and the city’s computer center. As part of a renovation in 2010, the windows were partially replaced, otherwise the building envelope remained uninsulated. The building is cooled and heated with several heat pumps.
Yemin Herzog, Eilat, Israel
The old terminal building at Eilat Airport is being converted into an off-grid innovation center. The use of local renewable energies, energy efficiency and intelligent mobility are at the forefront. The building is part of a larger plan to sustainably transform the entire airport site. For example, LED lights and more natural light will be used. Innovative solutions for room air conditioning are also sought after.
Bakery School for Lifelong Learning, Istanbul, Turkey
The Istanbul Municipality plans to increase the number of zero-energy buildings. For the procuRE project, it selected the energy retrofit of a lifelong learning bakery school built in 2015. The building hots classrooms, cooking classes with large industrial ovens and cooling chambers, administrative offices, and a large conference room. School kitchens in particular have a high energy demand.
Zerzabelshof Elementary school Nuremberg, Germany
The “Zerzabelshof Elementary School” of Nuremberg and its attached daycare center were built in 2016 according to the passive house standard. The flat roofs are covered with gravel. A green roof or photovoltaic systems are missing so far. This pilot project is intended to demonstrate how innovative energy technologies can be used to convert even comparatively new buildings to 100% renewable.
Elementary school with multipurpose hall Velenje, Slovenia
The pilot project includes two buildings in a rural setting. The main building, a branch of Gorica Elementary School, was built in 1973 and partially renovated in 2002. Classrooms, playrooms and a kitchen are located here. The sports and multipurpose hall on the site includes an apartment, offices and several conference rooms. Among other things, procuRE will explore the solar suitability of the roof and the usability of the buildings as heat storage facilities.
Vila Nova de Gaia pilot site – Centro Escolar Manuel Antonio Pina, Portugal
The school “Centro Escolar Manuel António Pina” was built between 2012 and 2014. It is in good condition. Within the framework of ProcuRE, work is being carried out on intelligent solutions to further improve building efficiency with the aim of achieving a 100% renewable energy supply.