Monthly Archives: February 2015

RESSEEPE M18 Meeting in Brussels

On the 28th, 29th and 30th January, the RESSEEPE projects 18M meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium. All members of the consortium attended and were present at the meetings.

The first day of the meeting consisted of reviewing the project progress. The day started with welcomes, apologies and notices closely followed by the review of the management and the financial progress. This consisted of the follow up to previous meetings as well as the review of the submitted deliverables and milestones.

This was then followed by the summary and review of the project scope. This section of the meeting outlined several topics such as the reduction in energy consumption, the renovated areas (square metres), the future deployment of renovated areas (square metres), average energy consumption in the renovated buildings and associated reduction, CO2 emission reductions and associated reduction, reduced total emissions at the demo sites and the current mix of technologies selected for the demo sites. After these topics were discussed in great detail by the partners, the first day of the meeting was concluded.

The second day of the meeting, held on 29th January, was attended by all partners once again. This day was mainly used to update the consortium on the Work Packages. Each Work Package Leader presented the latest progress of the particular work package, with the discussion and preparation of the EC meeting the following day concluding the meeting. Any last minute issues were addressed and all the necessary preparations and arrangements were made by the consortium members, ready for the next day.

On 30th January, the EC meeting was held at the Covent Garden Building, Brussels. The consortium were required to present the current stage of the project to the EC Officer and PTA (Project Technical Assistant). To commence this meeting, a brief introduction of the overall objectives of the project as well as the role of each partner was undertaken. This was followed by the Technical Review. In this section of the meeting, each Work Package Leader presented the current status of each task which included any changes, delays or any information on deliverables. Once the Technical Review was complete, the consortium were required to present the Technology Implementation Plan. This aspect of the meeting covered the implementation of results which showed the actions undertaken to date along with the market situation/prospects/policy framework and exploitation/dissemination/valorisation actions.

After a brief break, the meeting recommenced by analysing the management aspect of the project. The EC officer also required the consortium to present the collaboration and interaction of the project as well as the administrative and financial aspects. The Description of Work was then reviewed which showed the proposal for the remaining period in the project. This was the end of the EC Review meeting for the consortium and were awaiting the conclusions and feedback from the EC Officer and PTA.

The event concluded with the EC Officer and PTA providing their opinions and feedback on the progress of the project so far. Overall, the feedback for the current progress was mostly positive, with minor changes needed to be taken into consideration. The EC Officer and PTA were encouraged by the findings produced and seek the continuation of the project.

Site visit to Balderskolan, Skelleftea

On the 11th November 2015, several RESSEEPE partners had the opportunity to visit the Balderskolan, Skelleftea demo site. The partners present were Va-Q-Tec, Onexit, TU Wien and Exergy Ltd and were welcomed by the demo site partner, City Of Skelleftea. The site visit was used to determine and discuss the potential refurbishment and retrofitting solutions at the Balderskolan site and to have an open discussion about the feasibility of technologies which may be implemented.

The first order of business, once the demo site visit commenced, was to discuss the current status at the Balderskolan site and to decide which areas would benefit most from the retrofitting technologies. For this particular meeting, Exergy had produced CAD drawings in the form of plans and elevations to make the selection process easier and would allow the demo site owners to clearly illustrate and present the areas they are considering for works.

Once the morning portion of the meeting was complete, the City Of Skelleftea provided a guided tour through Balderskolan, which enabled the different partners to get a more in-depth and first-hand look at the site. This enabled the technology providers to get a better understanding of the building characteristics and therefore enabled them to make accurate judgements about the implementation of their technology.

The day was concluded with all partners engaging in a discussion about the current status of the demo site and the potential solutions. Partners Va-Q-Tec and Onexit agreed their technologies will provide a feasible solution for the demo site. Other technologies the partners found feasible were LED lighting and EC windows for the older buildings at Balderskolan.

Subsequently, the partners discussed the next steps of the process and agreed the technology providers will use the next few months to provide detailed proposals for the demo site which would clearly portray the feasibility of the technology with additional data on energy efficiency and payback periods.