The eco-efficiency and sustainability area

This area has a clear goal: to reduce energy consumption in buildings by drawing on renewable energy to build them and to make them function. Special materials and architectural solutions are used and applied throughout to obtain higher levels of energy efficiency, all in an effort to make the building more comfortable for end-users.


    Existing public non-residential buildings represent a valuable asset in Europe. They account for 25% of the total building stock in Europe and comprise a more complex and heterogeneous sector compared to residential constructions.

  • Energy INTIME

    The Energy IN TIME project, Simulation based control for Energy Efficiency building operation and maintenance, is funded by the EU 7th Framework program. The project started last October and has an estimated duration of four years. The Energy IN TIME Consortium, led by ACCIONA, is composed of thirteen enterprises from different nature and nationality.


    Design, develop, install and assess the energy & environmental benefi¬ts of a new integrated concept of interconnectivity between buildings, DER, grids & other networks at a district level.

  • EDEA

    EDEA-RENOV is a project of Regional Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Planning and Tourism of Government of Extremadura, financed by LIFE+09 programme. The LIFE programme is the EU's funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value. The main objectives of EDEA-RENOV are points over a new need focused on existing buildings that should be renovated and on which it is not viable to apply the same technology than new ones. So EDEA-RENOV to achieve their new goals will use three ways: Renovation, Innovation and Communication Technologies and Information (ICT).


    Design, development and implementation of new technologies and thermal conditioning strategies in buildings, enhancing the relationship between passive and active HVAC systems, the envelope and internal partitions, but always seeking efficiency and energy optimization, in order to get comfortable buildings with reduced energy consumption in a cost-effective way.


    The overall objective of MESSIB project is the development, evaluation and demonstration of an affordable multi-source energy storage system integrated in building, based on new materials, technologies and control systems, for significant reduction of its energy consumption and active management of the building energy demand.


    BEEM-UP will demonstrate the economic, social and technical feasibility of retrofitting initiatives, drastically reducing the energy consumption in existing buildings, and lay the ground for massive market uptake. Ambitious energy reduction will be demonstrated as the economically most attractive alternative for retrofitting.


    Development of an intelligent, safe, self-sustained and zero CO2 emission hybrid energy system to cover electric power, heating and cooling loads (tri-generation) of either residential, commercial and public buildings or districts of buildings. In the proposed system, the primary energy will be harvested from RES and directly used to cover contingent loads, while the excess energy will be converted to hydrogen to be used as energy storage material and to be further applied as a green fuel to cover the building heating needs through direct combustion or to produce combined heating and electricity by means of fuel cells.

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    Development and integration of new building components in high buildings for the exploitation of renewable energies (especially solar thermal).


    The overall objective of the FC-DISTRICT project is to optimize and implement an innovative energy production and distribution concept for sustainable and energy efficient refurbished and/or new "energy autonomous" districts exploiting decentralized co-generation coupled with optimized building and district heat storage and distribution network.

  • E-HUB

    The ambition of the project is to enable the utilisation of the full potential of renewable energies at district level through the development of an energy hub, E-Hub. An e-Hub is a physical point, similar to an energy station, in which energy and information streams are interconnected, and where the different forms of energy can be converted into each other and/or can be stored.


    The main objective of this project is the development of new Technologies for the educational buildings refurbishing in Andalusia, and the implementation of a methodology that allows the installation and evaluation of innovative technologies that ensure the optimum interior air quality, while increasing energy efficiency in those buildings.


    Development of technologies and working methods addressed to the improvement of energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, applied to refurbishing processes in train stations.


    The project "Smart City" aims at developing a demonstrator for the next generation of the Electrical Grid, where clients and distribution companies work together for the energy challenge, increasing the use of Renewable Energy Sources, bringing the generation closer to the consumption, and being committed to rational and efficient consumption.

  • ATON

    The main objective of the ATON project is to generate scientific and technical knowledge in the various technologies involved in the manufacture of photovoltaic modules (PV) to provide the Spanish PV industry with its own competitive technology in thin film photovoltaic devices.


    The overall objective of the industrial research project Cenit MEDIODIA is to make a strategic investigation in the field of agriculture under plastic that allows the development of a new advanced greenhouse concept, highly automated, energy-and-water-consumption efficient. This advanced greenhouse will admit diverse and profitable crop at any time of year in different Spanish climates, through an integrated production system.


    The SHOWE-IT project is an initiative that is co-funded by the EC which aims to reduce energy and water consumption in social housing against (for all stakeholders) favourable conditions, by creating a win-win situation where the different stakeholders all have something to gain. This project should prove the attribution that ICT solutions could make to create these circumstances and help create situations for replication that will be attractive and accepted on a large scale across Europe.


    The Einstein Project deals with the effective integration of Seasonal Thermal Storage Systems (STES) in existing buildings, and tries to develop the technique that captures the heat during the summer to meet the heating needs during the winter. We are looking for cost-efficient solutions that allow them to be used as a measure of energy rehabilitation of existing buildings throughout Europe.