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ZERO-PLUS: Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology

In ZERO-PLUS, a comprehensive, cost-effective system for Net Zero Energy (NZE) settlements will be developed and implemented. The system will be composed of innovative solutions for the building envelope, for building energy generation and management, and for energy management at the settlement level. A reduction of operational energy usage to an average of 0-20 kWh/m2 per year (compared with the current average of 70-230 kWh/m2) will be achieved through a transition from single NZE buildings to NZE settlements, in which the energy loads and resources are optimally managed.

A primary objective of the project will be to develop a system whose investment costs will be at least 16% lower than current costs. In order to reduce "balance of system" costs, an approach of mass customization will be employed. Mass-produced technologies will be integrated in a system that is optimally designed according to the local climate and site of each project in which it is implemented. To this end, a structured process will be developed and applied for the integration, optimization and verification of the design.

The project's work programme will ensure a rapid market uptake, within its four-year scope, of the innovative solutions that will be developed. These solutions will be implemented in four different demonstration projects throughout the EU, with varying climates and building types. The results of their implementation will be monitored, analysed and disseminated. A comprehensive market analysis and business plan will support the commercial exploitation of the project's results. The project will be carried out by a consortium that includes universities, project owners, technology providers and organizations, which will closely collaborate in all the project's phases.

 

CyI Principal Investigator: Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas

 

More in this category: QUALICHeCK, SMART-GEMS

Additional Info

  • Acronym: ZERO-PLUS
  • Center: EEWRC
  • Funding Source: Call: H2020-EE-2015-1-PPP (Topic: EE-02-2015)
  • CyI Funding: €177,500
  • Funding Period: 4 years
  • Starting Date: 1st October 2015
  • End Date: 30th September 2019
  • Coordinator: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA – Greece)
  • Partners:

    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA – Greece), Technische Universität München (TUM – Germany), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU – Israel), University of Perugia (UNIPG – Italy), Oxford Brookes University (OBU – UK), The Cyprus Institute (CyI - Cyprus), Technical University of Crete (TUC – Greece), ABB Italy (ABB – Italy), Anerdgy A.G. (ANERDGY – Switzerland), FIBRAN S.A. (FIBRAN – Greece), CONSORZIO ARCA (ARCA – Italy), Eco Ltd. (ECO – UK), Office Public d’Aménagement et de Construction de l’Isère (OPAC38 – France), CONTEDIL di Ricco M. & C. S.A.S. (CONTEDIL – Italy), George Vassiliou Ltd. (VASSILIOU – Cyprus), Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT-UK)

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