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Tyndall National Institute and IERC Collaborate on €600,000 Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project Success

Tyndall National Institute and IERC Collaborate on €600,000 Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project Success
April 27
09:12 2018

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) has welcomed new research funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Initiative to develop models for assessing energy efficiency retrofit options in buildings. The IERC is collaborating with Tyndall National Institute and have jointly secured €600,000 in energy research funding to deliver the H2020 ‘RECO2ST Project’.

The project builds on a previous IERC supported project titled ROWBUST1, an energy harvesting wireless sensor deployment assisting simulation model. Mike Hayes, Principal Investigator with Tyndall, and the IERC research team will collaborate to develop ROWBUST’s next evolution while creating business models for various deployment scenarios.

Mike Hayes described how the project will offer real-world examples of near zero building retrofit in Ireland, UK, Denmark, Switzerland and Spain, utilising different construction methods as well as exploiting ICT to improve monitoring and control without compromising comfort or air quality. “We will investigate the potential for reduced installation costs associated with technologies, such as smart windows with pre-heating and cooling technology, ventilation heat recovery and photovoltaic panels, and enhanced technology payback recovery.”

In terms of project objectives, Mike Hayes explained: “RECO2ST is a practical demonstration of industry and academic collaboration, where the IERC, Tyndall National Institute and United Technologies (UTRC) Ireland collectively work together to enhance building management systems, improve comfort in buildings, assist with deployment of wireless sensors, and provide guidance on regulatory engagement associated with Ireland’s NZEB development.”

Professor Tony Day, Executive Director of the IERC, added: “I welcome the H2020 recognition of the exemplar buildings research being conducted by both IERC and Tyndall. Our continued collaborative research is advancing a number of cost efficient and energy saving technologies. The timing of this initiative is important as it will potentially make a contribution to Ireland’s development of Near Zero Energy Buildings (‘nZEBs’) retrofit market.”

1 The IERC’s ROWBUST system (Robust Wireless Sensor for Building Usage Technologies), is a smarter and more user friendly building energy management solution with the potential to increase savings of between 10-30% in energy costs for most buildings, and up to 70% for older buildings, by improving installation methods and reducing maintenance.

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