The RESILIENT project is supported by a partner network of reputed company and research institutes. These partnerships enable the RESILIENT community to harness the resources and skills of experts in the field of energy and residential and non residential buildings.
D'Appolonia S.p.A. is a major Italian firm which provides integrated engineering services to clients belonging both to the public and the private sector in the energy, environment, construction, oil and gas, transport, electronics and telecommunications domains. D'Appolonia relies on a permanent staff of qualified engineers and scientists, mainly based in the headquarters in Genoa, Italy. Most of the staff has an extended academic and technical background with post-graduate degrees. Their skills are related to civil and structural engineering, earth sciences and geotechnical engineering, hydrology and hydraulic engineering, risk, reliability and safety, chemical and process engineering, transportation systems, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering and science, electronics and telecommunications, aerospace and aeronautics. D'Appolonia has participated in more than 20,000 projects worldwide. D'Appolonia is member of the High Level Group of the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) and is also a founding member of the Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA). In the field of Energy Efficient and Green Buildings, the multidisciplinary staff of D'Appolonia guarantees deep knowledge in materials engineering, advanced insulation systems, their assembly installation, and maintenance. Additionally, in the framework of the European initiative on Smart Cities, D'Appolonia supports city municipalities and public authorities in identifying and targeting all actions which contribute to the achievement of objectives set in their energy plans.
Università di Genova
The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering - DIME hosts the "Thermochemical Power Group" TPG, founded in 1998, which mission is to carry out theoretical and experimental research in the field of advanced energy systems. The main fields of research of TPG are: high temperature fuel cell technology (SOFC); dynamic performance modelling of energy systems; thermoeconomic analysis; investigation of thermal processes for biomass conversion; development and testing of advanced CHP energy systems; numerical and experimental investigation on burners and combustion systems for boiler, furnace and gas turbine applications. Original software resources: WECoMP - Web Economic Cogeneration Modular Program for the deisgn and optimisation of CHP networks; WTEMP - Web ThermoEconomic Modular Program, for thermoeconomic analysis and development of energy systems; TRANSEO - Matlab-based tool for dynamic simulation and control system development.
Sigma Orionis, founded in 1984 and established in the Sophia Antipolis science park in France (close to Nice international airport), specializes in services supporting collaborative research and global innovation, particularly in the ICT domain. The company is mainly involved in international projects, providing institutions, companies, research laboratories, and universities active in the ICT domain worldwide with services such as technology and market research, organization of business and cooperation events, promotion and exploitation of research projects, and support for the preparation and implementation of EU-funded projects. Sigma Orionis can logically count today on a longstanding experience combined with in-depth expertise, can rely on an extensive network of contacts in Europe and worldwide, and is proud to have gained a solid reputation of high quality of service and true professional values. The company benefits from a 15-year experience of participation in EU-funded projects, and has been or still is a coordinator or partner of over 20 projects (IPs, STREPs, NoEs, CSAs) launched through the European 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). Sigma Orionis is also an active member of leading European Technology Platforms.
Vipiemme S.p.A. has been operating on the Italian electrical storage market since 1980, designing, developing, producing and selling batteries for both light and heavy-duty motor vehicles. Vipiemme Spa produces storage systems by internally developing the whole raw material transformation process, guaranteeing the product safety and qualitative uniformity as well as a constant increase in production volume. At present, production is around 1,500,000 batteries, mainly placed on the Italian and foreign spare parts markets. Over the years, Vipiemme Spa has diversified its market, moving from the automotive sector towards electrical storage solutions for renewable energy, in particular photovoltaics, founding the subsidiary company Vipiemme Solar, which develop PV systems.
Blaenau Gwent Country Borough Council
Blaenau Gwent is a county borough in South Wales, UK, formed in 1974 as a local government district. The involvement of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (BGCBC) in RESILIENT is via "The Works" at Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent. The Works is a vibrant and distinctive development in the heart of the county. It is a major (£350 million) regeneration project to redevelop the former Ebbw Vale steelworks site. Once completed, the development aims to bring around 720 new homes to Blaenau Gwent and generate 2000 new jobs. The project is also at the cutting edge of delivering the Welsh Assembly Government's sustainable development agenda with The Works being developed to an overarching framework of social, economic and environmental objectives, including ambitious energy targets and environmental benefits. The ambitions also ensure that high standards of design quality and innovation are at the top of our priorities.
Terra Energy NV
Terra Energy is a spin-off of VITO (the Flemish institute for technological research) with more than 75% of the shares in private (non VITO) property. TERRA ENERGY is active in ground source renewable energy systems. They rely on 15 years of national and international research on energy production and storage in the soil through various technologies, offering know-how concerning the use of green heat and cold from subsurface. It concerns ground coupled heat pump systems, air-to-earth heat exchangers, complete energy storage systems in aquifers, vertical heat exchangers, energy piles up to deep geothermal installations. This expertise can be applied in various applications in industry, offices, healthcare, government buildings, horticulture,... The activities focus on study, implementation and turn-key offers of integrated geothermal solutions, tailored to the specific process or comfort application. Specific expertise and attention is paid to the optimal integration and monitoring in order to achieve optimal energy efficient and sustainable system, which are also profitable without extensive incentives.
Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
CEA is a 15000 employees French research organisation which R&D activities cover topics ranging from civil and military applications of Nuclear power to renewable energy, software engineering, fundamental physics and biology. In RESILIENT, two institutes are involved : CEA LIST and CEA LITEN. The CEA LIST is the Laboratory of applied research on software-intensive technologies. With a staff of approximately 650 people, the LIST is a key software systems and technology research center working in three areas with vital societal and economic implications: Embedded systems, Interactive systems, Signal detection and processing. With the strong project-centred culture of its researchers and engineers, the LIST performs research work in partnership with the major industrial players in the nuclear, automotive, aeronautical, defence and medical fields and thus investigate and develop innovative solutions corresponding to their requirements. The CEA LITEN (Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) is one of Europe's newest and most important research centres in the new energy technology field. Involved in 350 research partnership contracts every year, LITEN works hand in hand with French industry. It is one of the CEA laboratories with the most patents - more than 100 new applications filed in 2010 and a portfolio of 500 international patents. Liten's research activities are focused on solar energy, low-energy buildings, future transport applications (hydrogen, fuel cells and batteries), as well as nanomaterials for energy and methods guaranteeing their safe use.
Cordium is a social housing company, founded 5 June 1963 as "Limburgs Tehuis" and was renamed in 2009. In the past 50 years Cordium has built approximately 1500 houses. These houses are let to persons with a limited income at a rental price adjusted to the tenants financial situation. The challenge for Cordium consists of building or renovating energy efficient homes and apartments with a sophisticated modern architecture.
Infrax cvba compiles the operational activities of the Flemisch DSO's INFRAX Limburg, IVeg, INFRAX West and PBE. The company is a multi utility and is active in 126 municipalities in Flanders. Infrax manages and operates electricity grids, natural gas networks, cable TV and sewerage and invests in the maintenance, improvement and expansion of these networks. Infrax also advises the municipalities on how to reduce the use of energy in buildings. The company also sets up energy accountancies and carries out energy audits. Infrax develops information and awareness rising programmes in order to achieve a more sustainable way of live through energy savings and the optimal use of renewable energy sources. Almost 715.000 clients are connected to Infrax's electricity grid, 290.000 on the natural gas network , 535.000 on the cable TV network and 484.000 on the sewerage.
Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V.
VITO, the Flemish institute for technological research, stimulates the sustainable development in Flanders and reinforces the economic and social position by providing innovative technological solutions and scientific advice and support. VITO consciously positions itself as an independent and client-oriented research organization. The Energy Technology unit focuses its activities on "smart systems for intelligent energy networks". Fields of expertise include: system integration of e.g. buildings, thermal and electrical networks, on the user's side as well as on the production and storage side. VITO is participating in different EU projects ADDRESS, E-Hub, GeoGreen, FC-Districts.
Acciona Infrastructuras S.A.
ACCIONA Infrastructuras is a leading European construction company constructing and managing buildings and civil infrastructures under the sustainability principles. It has an international presence in more than 30 countries and its total turnover in 2011 was about 3,5 billion€, employing by 14.000 people. It is part of ACCIONA Group, whose business lines are Construction, Energy, Water, Real State, Urban-Environmental Services, Logistic and transport. ACCIONA's business strategy is tightly linked to sustainability and in recognition of the company's efforts and commitments in that direction, received in 2009 the Award for Corporate Sustainability of the EU Business Award. ACCIONA uses cutting-edge technology to develop and apply the most advanced materials, components, systems and solutions for sustainability and in particular for energy efficient concepts, design, construction, operation and recycling of buildings. It applies to new and retrofitted buildings while preserving a high indoor environment quality. It has its own R&D Technological Centre in Madrid, composed by a multidisciplinary and international team of about 150 highly qualified researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Moreover, it account with 17 research laboratories and 2 production workshops to build prototypes. Main research areas are Nanotechnology and Advanced materials, New Construction Materials, Products and Systems, ICTs, Energy Efficiency as well as Biotechnology and Environmental Technologies. At European level, ACCIONA plays an active role in the ECTP being part of its Executive Committee, co-leading the FA Cities and Buildings and it is a member on ECTP's Advisory Group on SMEs. It chairs the Energy Efficient Building Association (E2BA) based in Brussels, and it is a member of the AD HOC Advisory Group to the EC on the PPP on Energy Efficient Buildings. It is also a member of EUROACE (European Alliance of companies for energy efficiency), ECCREDI (The European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation), ENCORD (European Network of construction companies for Research and Development), FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation) and others ETPs construction/energy related and is actively participating in several initiatives like Smart Energy Home or Inter-ETPs group. At international level, ACCIONA has recently joined to the Executive Committee of the "Caring for Climate" platform of the UN Global Compact initiative for participants seeking to demonstrate leadership on the issue of climate change.
Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batimen
CSTB is a public research establishment in the construction sector, employing about 830 staff including 450 engineers, researchers and experts in building science and building technologies and advanced ICT. CSTB core business covers four main fields: research, technical consultancy, quality assessment, and knowledge dissemination. Following a multidiscipline approach, it contributes to innovation and problem solving for the industry, and to transfer knowledge and technology to the wider community, in France and beyond. It provides expertise to the industry at large, and disseminates R&D results through various scientific media to practitioners and social and public authorities. CSTB develops consultancy activities in various scientific and technical fields, and contributes to the definition of reference ('standardised') solutions & services for products, processes and services in the Construction sector. Since 2008, CSTB has strengthened its support to the public authorities in the introduction of policies to evaluate health and environmental risks, to control energy and combat the Greenhouse Effect. It also helps the building profession to deal with environmental issues (e.g. the evaluation of the environmental quality of buildings and construction products) and the control of energy. It is helping to develop the use of solar energy in buildings and the deployment of an HQE (High Environmental Quality) certification for the tertiary sector. Since 2004, CSTB is in charge of the general secretariat of the European Construction Technology Platform, which currently groups more than 230 Members across Europe (including E2BA Members), including industry and public stakeholders of the construction sector.
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Cardiff University is one of the ten largest universities in the UK and a member of the Russell Group of research intensive universities. The University has a range of academic excellence which is directly relevant to the present project, as set out below. Involvement of CU is through:
- Sustainable Places Research Institute, a unique institute in the UK, working with partners from the public and private sector to create a network of city-region 'live-labs' to promote new adaptive knowledge sharing and exchange on future city infrastructures and progress smart innovations and interventions which lead to sustainable growth in both physical and socio-economic spatial structures.
- The Institute of Energy specialises on Renewable Energy and on Smart Grids of the future, generation sources and enabling technologies for systems integration. The institute has on-going relationships, taking the form of collaborations, with companies such as BP, DNV, NASA, Rolls Royce and RWE npower.
- The Institute of Sustainable Engineering specialises in digital buildings that exhibit lifelong resilience and adaptability to their environment, usage and occupancy, enabled by (a) smart materials and products, (b) integrated design and manufacturing systems, and (c) total lifecycle approaches. The institute spans six main research themes: smart materials and products; virtual manufacturing and supply chain management; building intelligence; building resilience; energy and sustainability; and comfort, health and well-being.
Building Research Establishment LTD
BRE is a not for profit business wholly owned by a Charitable Trust. We employ 600 staff and are the UKs leader in research into the built environment. Our business is founded on knowledge and expertise which is underpinned with validated data sets related to both the substance of building stock, its ongoing operation and the interaction with those who occupy it. BRE has significant and unique data, knowledge and analysis techniques which are directly relevant to the challenges highlighted in this theme, which can then support informed decision-making by stakeholders. This is supported by assessment and certification of products and systems to ensure consistent and safe delivery by industry. BRE is already engaged in development programmes where innovative products and processes are being applied to buildings and the ultimate performance in operation measured. It would be a natural extension to our existing capabilities and client base to develop the business to support specific Smart City needs.