The Action Plan defines the agreed steps for future collaboration between the four partner regions of Aquitaine (France), Navarra, Aragon and Basque Country (Spain), with both, public entities as well as companies. This action plan aims to drive development through sustainable energy research and technological development. In taking collaborative action to strengthen mutual regional economic structures with a high RTD absorption capacity and allowing actors and stakeholders to exploit research, the four regions will take significant steps towards energy self-sufficiency and CO2 reduction. At the core of this plan is the desire to work together to achieve sustainable energy outcomes. Engaging key stakeholders from the research, private and public sectors, regions can drive forward collaborative action to achieve sustainable energy goals. The action plan pivots around two energy priority themes:
energy storage and energy efficiency.
The action proposal is aligned with specific specialization area on “Energy and Environment” and fully matches with two out of the three lines established by CEI Iberus as scope of this call: energy efficiency and energy storage and management.
The particular overarching scientific challenge of the consortium is to contribute on Energy Systems Integration by the smart integration of a whole spectrum of various energy supply technologies into an urban environment, improving dramatically the energy efficiency, with the final objective of approaching as much as possible to Nearly Zero Energy Districts to reach Smart Nearly Zero Energy Cities.
The fulfilment of this objective requires the development of new sensing technologies, ICT infrastructure and data processing techniques for the optimal design and operation at large-scale of renewable energies, energy storages, polygeneration systems and conventional energy systems with an appropriate, innovative and efficient energy system integration.
LINEAS DE INVESTIGACION
- Energy supply sub-systems operating within wider systems-of-systems, the vision of the consortium is contributing until some extent in the development of an integrated, flexible and adaptive multi-level decision support framework for scenarios ranging from whole city/district energy generation/consumption to single building, in order to reach as much as possible Nearly Zero Energy Cities (NZEC).
- Promote the use of thermal energy storage solutions as energy transition enabler technology This allows the coupling of thermal sources and sinks showing different time distribution. A special emphasis will be paid on technologies with high energy density, as a key component for the integration of renewable energy sources (primarily solar thermal, PV and PVT), waste heat (including heat from cogeneration systems) or use of more favourable thermal sources (great potential to benefit from an adequate energy integration of heat pumps) in networks for both district heating and cooling.
- Design and development of thermoelectric generators as part of a polygeneration system to obtain electric power, and meet the district heating and cooling demands, by the action of absorption chillers. In addition, computational tools have to be developed to simulate the performance of all the thermal systems, both energy generators and consumers, for global optimization of the integrated system.
MEMBERS OF THE CONSORTIUM
IP: Mónica Delgado (University of Zaragoza)
- Research group 3ª (University of Zaragoza): Luis M. Serra, Ana Lázaro
- Smart Cities Institute (Public University Navarra): Ignacio R. Matías, Antonio López, David Astrain, Pablo Sanchis.
- Associated members:
- University of Pau (FR): Erwin Franquet, Didier Haillot, Jean-Pierre Bedecarrats
- University Basque Country: Ana García, Álvaro Campos, Gonzalo Diarce
- INGETEAM POWER TECHNOLOGY-ENERGY (wind and solar photovoltaic systems, Navarra).
- ID Automation and Integration Projects S.L.L. (control systems for telecommunication infrastructures and facilities).
- Nadetech Innovations S.L. (sensor fabrication and development of electronic devices, experienced in the design and management of systems related to improving energy efficiency.
Energy Systems Integration
Renewable Energy Technologies