Kickoff meeting in Cordoba of the INTERREG SUDOE Project IMPROVEMENT for the enhancement of energy efficiency policies in public buildings, led by The National Centre For Hydrogen (CNH2)

Last updated on 17 February, 2020

The project “INTEGRATION OF COMBINED COOLING, HEATING AND POWER MICROGRIDS IN ZERO-ENERGY PUBLIC BUILDINGS UNDER HIGH POWER QUALITY AND CONTINUITY OF SERVICE REQUIREMENTS”, IMPROVEMENT, co-financed by the INTERREG SUDOE Programme within Priority Axis 3, Low Carbon Economy, has been officially launched on January 15th at the headquarters of the University of Cordoba.

The event was inaugurated by the Government delegate in Cordoba, Antonio Repullo; the Vice-Rector for Infrastructure and Sustainability of the University of Cordoba, Antonio José Cubero; the 2nd Deputy Mayor delegated for Culture, Historical Heritage and Innovation of the Cordoba City Council, Blanca Torrent; and the Director of the CNH2, Emilio Nieto, who is leading the project.

The IMPROVEMENT project is constituted by a consortium of 9 entities: Besides the CNH2 as main beneficiary of the project, with the rest of beneficiary partners are the Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia de Portugal (LNEG), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et Aérotechnique (ENSMA), the University of Cordoba, the University of Castilla-La Mancha, the Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, the Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa; the Andalusian Energy Agency and the General Secretariat for Industry, Energy and Mines of the Ministry of Finance, Industry and Energy of the Andalusian Government. In addition to this consortium, there are eight associated beneficiaries from three countries in the SUDOE Regio

The main goal of the project is de development of the necessary elements for the deployment of a new generation of renewable microgrids for the supply of thermal energy (heating and cooling) and electrical energy. This technology will enable the quality and continuity of the electricity supply to be improved, which are fundamental aspects in buildings in which high technology equipment is predominant, and which also entails high energy consumption in electricity, heating and air conditioning. Examples of kind of buildings are hospitals, research centers or transport stations, among others.

The aim is to develop Microgrids based on advanced energy management systems, with hybrid storage supported by hydrogen, batteries and Ultracapacitors. In addition, Control techniques based on Model Predictive Control (MPC) will be applied to the system in order to guarantee the correct integration of renewable energy systems and the improvement in the energy efficiency of the addressed public buildings for their transformation into nearly Zero Energy Buildings  (nZEB)

The IMPROVEMENT project proposes to implement and validate the developed solutions in 2 pilot plants. One of them consists in an experimental microgrid platform located at the CNH2 headquarters in Puertollano (Ciudad Real) in which the different technical solutions devised will be tested and integrated.

The other pilot plant will be carried out in Lisbon, under the direction of the National Energy and Geology Laboratory (LNEG), with the support of the Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa, which will integrate the renewable heat/cooling generation systems in a microgrid for the conversion of an existing public building into a zero energy balance one.

In addition, the University of Cordoba will be responsible for developing a power control system for microgridswith high powerquality requirements based on a network of intelligent IoT (Internet of Things) sensors. In parallel, it will collaborate with the University of Castilla-La Mancha that will be develop specific power electronics devices with active control of the neutral.

The General Secretariat of Industry, Energy and Mines of the Regional Government of Andalusia will also participate in the consortium, which will analyse the regulatory framework by proposing the necessary recommendations to facilitate their adoption in the region; and the Andalusian Energy Agency, which will analyse the applicability and requirements of the proposed solutions, will participate in their validation, once they have been developed, and will draw up specific plans to implement the results of the project through the Energy Network of the Regional Government of Andalusia (Redeja).

On the other hand, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mecànique et Aèrotechnique and the University of Perpignan (France) will be in charge of the development of energy management systems for microgrids with hybrid storage under minimum degradation criteria and prioritization of renewable consumption, through the implementation of advanced algorithms including energy prices, energy generation and energy consumption forecast tools.

The following day, January16, was devoted to visit the facilities of the Hospital de La Axarquía, which is participating as an associated beneficiary. The Málaga-Axarquía Healthcare Area through Miguel Moreno, manager of the Málaga-Axarquía Healthcare Area, emphasized the importance of this project for the development of renewable energies in Andalusia.

Integrated in the Energy Network of the Andalusian Government (REDEJA), the hospital in Malaga, will simulate the best solutions achieved in this project, to convert it into a zero energy balance building, using passive (canopy, efficient windows, adequate insulation and orientation) and active components (efficient air conditioning, radiant floors,…), and incorporating the advanced energy management and storage systems developed in the European project IMPROVEMENT.

The SUDOE IMPROVEMENT project (SOE3/P3/E0901) is co-financed by the Interreg SUDOE Programme and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).