R&D PROJECTS

INNOVA MICROSOLAR

Acronym: Innova MicroSolar

Project title: Innovative Micro Solar Heat and Power System for Domestic and Small Business Residential Buildings

Project website: http://innova-microsolar.eu/

Time period: September 2016 to June 2021

Funder: Horizon 2020 (Grant agreement ID: 723596)

Total budget: € 3,999,383.75

Partners:

  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE (Coordinator)
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA
  • UNIVERSITA TELEMATICA E-CAMPUS
  • ENOGIA
  • AAVID THERMACORE EUROPE LIMITED
  • ELIANTO SRL
  • S.TRA.TE.G.I.E. SRL
  • E3G INGENIERIA Y ENERGIA, SOCIEDADLIMITADA
  • USER FEEDBACK PROGRAM SL

Short description:

Rapid expansion of utilisation of solar thermal energy for increasing energy efficiency of buildings have been adopted in short/medium- and long-term Energy Strategies of EU countries in line with regional actions with the European climate energy objectives as defined in the European Union’s “20-20-20” targets and in the European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050.

The overall objective of this project is to develop an innovative high performance and cost effective 2-kWel/18-kWth solar heat and power system for application in individual dwellings and small business residential buildings for on-site electricity and heat generation using solar thermal energy at temperature levels of 250-280 deg.C. The proposed technology will be laboratory validated and undergo filed tests on a demonstration site.The project will utilise the expertise of the consortium members in the development of small Organic Rankine Cycle plants, linear Fresnel mirror solar energy concentrating collectors; advanced heat pipe technologies for the thermal management; high performance Thermal Energy Storage systems on the basis of Phase Change Materials; smart control units for integration of solar thermal and boiler heating circuits. Also participants of this Project are experienced in integration of Renewable energy technologies into buildings, optimisation of complex plants and in analysis and predictions of socio-economic impact and in commercialisation of new Renewable energy products. It is estimated that the proposed technology will deliver 60% of domestic energy requirements and provide 20% reduction in energy costs and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions compared to the best existing low carbon energy technologies. In this way the project will also assist in improving the quality of life of population within and outside the EU and provide clean, efficient and secure energy to dwellings.