Tyndall National Institute and IERC Collaborate on €600,000 Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project Success

Energy research project will demonstrate how buildings can be renovated to use ‘near zero energy’

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) welcomes new research funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Initiative to develop models for assessing energy efficiency retrofit options in buildings. The IERC is collaborating with Tyndall National Institute and have jointly secured €600,000 in energy research funding to deliver the H2020 ‘RECO2ST Project’.

The project builds on a previous IERC supported project titled ROWBUST1, an energy harvesting wireless sensor deployment assisting simulation model. Mike Hayes, Principal Investigator with Tyndall, and the IERC research team will collaborate to develop ROWBUST’s next evolution while creating business models for various deployment scenarios.

Mike Hayes described how the project will offer real-world examples of near zero building retrofit in Ireland, UK, Denmark, Switzerland and Spain, utilising different construction methods as well as exploiting ICT to improve monitoring and control without compromising comfort or air quality. “We will investigate the potential for reduced installation costs associated with technologies, such as smart windows with pre-heating and cooling technology, ventilation heat recovery and photovoltaic panels, and enhanced technology payback recovery.”

In terms of project objectives, Mike Hayes explained, “RECO2ST is a practical demonstration of industry and academic collaboration, where the IERC, Tyndall National Institute and United Technologies (UTRC) Ireland collectively work together to enhance building management systems, improve comfort in buildings, assist with deployment of wireless sensors, and provide guidance on regulatory engagement associated with Ireland’s NZEB development.”

Professor Tony Day, Executive Director of the IERC, added “I welcome the H2020 recognition of the exemplar buildings research being conducted by both IERC and Tyndall. Our continued collaborative research is advancing a number of cost efficient and energy saving technologies. The timing of this initiative is important as it will potentially make a contribution to Ireland’s development of Near Zero Energy Buildings (‘nZEBs’) retrofit market.”

 
1 The IERC’s ROWBUST system (Robust Wireless Sensor for Building Usage Technologies), is a smarter and more user friendly building energy management solution with the potential to increase savings of between 10-30% in energy costs for most buildings, and up to 70% for older buildings, by improving installation methods and reducing maintenance. http://www.ierc.ie/news/rowbust-project-success/
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About the International Energy Research Centre (IERC)

The IERC is an industry led, Irish Government supported Energy Technology Centre. Hosted in Tyndall National Institute at UCC, the Centre delivers world leading collaborative research to meet global societal needs for secure, affordable and sustainable energy services. It addresses energy demand side efficiency and systems integration challenges.

About Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall National Institute is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems. Specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits and systems – it is globally leading in the core research areas of smart sensors and systems, optical communication systems, mixed-signal and analog circuit design, microelectronic and photonic integration, semiconductor wafer fabrication, nanomaterials and device processing. See www.tyndall.ie

H2020 RECO2ST project Collaborators
INTERNATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE, Ireland

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH CENTRE IRELAND LIMITED, Ireland

TYNDALL NATIONAL INSTITUTE, Ireland

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON, United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ, Spain

ESTIA SA, Switzerland

VA-Q-TEC AG, Germany

GROUPE E GREENWATT SA, Switzerland

QUANTIS, Switzerland

ALCHEMIA-NOVA GMBH, Austria

HORN  IRENE, Denmark

CORE INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY OE, Greece

FREDERIKSHAVN BOLIGFORENING, Denmark

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA, Spain

AYUNTAMIENTO DE CADIZ (ADCADIZ), Spain

RETRAITES POPULAIRES (RP), Switzerland

EUROPEAN COOL ROOFS COUNCIL (ECRC), Belgium