ENVISION core partners

TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast‐Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek)


TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3500 and an annual turnover of 580 million Euros, TNO is carrying out research in order to achieve impact on the following seven themes: Healthy Living, Industrial Innovation, Transport and Mobility, Energy, Built Environment, Information Society, and Defence, Safety and Security.
TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organisations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and
government. TNO is involved in many international projects (about 30% of the market turnover), including EU-funded collaborations.

TNO has extensive experience in field testing solar energy innovations (both solar electrical power and solar heating). These competences are bundled in SolarBEAT (Solar Building Elements Application Testing) - an internationally acclaimed research facility for development and full-scale testing of innovative solar energy systems located on the TU/e campus in Eindhoven.

AkzoNobel Decorative Coatings & Imperial Chemical Industries LIMITED (ICI)/AkzoNobel (AN)


Akzo Nobel is one of the world's leading industrial companies. Based in Amsterdam, they make and supply a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals. 2015 revenue totaled € 14.9 billion. AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company in the world. As a major producer of specialty chemicals, they supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients for products that are essential for human existence.

Electricité de France (EDF)


The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the energy market in Europe, is an integrated energy company active in all the businesses: production, transport, distribution, energy selling and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities where 95% of the electricity output involves no CO2 emissions. EDF operates 1,200,000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to more than 40 million customers around the world, including more than 28 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of € 70.1 billion (of which 50% is in Europe excluding France) and net income from ordinary operations of € 1.7 billion in 2015.

Another main feature of the Group is its involvement on research in Energy Efficiency in Transport, Industry and in Buildings. A research Department, named EnerBAT (Energy in Buildings and Territories) is totally involved in Uphill to Downhill research on energy use in buildings. This research includes prospective energy modelling at various scales, advanced materials and systems development, various energy‐oriented studies in residential and non‐residential sectors. Its main technical skills concern energy systems.

Pilkington Benelux BV, Deutschland AG & NSG group


Pilkington has the mission to be the global leader in innovative high performance glass and glazing solutions, contributing to energy conservation and generation, working safely and ethically. Pilkington was founded in 1826 and a member of NSG group from June 2006, Pilkington is a leader in the global Flat Glass industry. One of the world's largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products. NSG Group reported sales of ¥588,394 m (c.€4,707m) in FY10. Worldwide, the NSG Group operates or has interest in, 49 float plants.
Widened Automotive customer base. Leading player in lenses for multi‐function printers. Strong position in Glass Fiber products worldwide. Around 28,500 employees worldwide. Manufacturing operations in 29 countries on four continents. Sales in more than 130 countries. The Float process, invented by Sir Alastair Pilkington in 1952 ‐ now the world standard for high quality glass manufacture.
Inventors of the world's first self‐cleaning glass ‐ Pilkington Nederland BV, produces Insulating Glass Units (IGU’s) and is a downstream organization. Besides production of IGU’s also project development and advisory are the main tasks of this legal entity. The NSG Group is an upstream organization, producing float glass and applying and developing post‐treatments on glass. This organization produces and research all kinds of coating developments on glass.

RINA Consulting (RINA – C)


RINA provides a wide range of services across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors through a global network of 170 offices in 65 countries. RINA is a member of key international organisations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.

In the framework of ENVISION, RINA will lead the Work Package related to the demonstration of the technologies in relevant environment (TRL 7/8). In particular, ENVISION technologies will be tested in two building typologies: a detached house (Italy) and row houses (Netherlands).

RINA defines a specific monitoring approach to evaluate through a Key Performance Indicators panel, the benefits and the energy and economic performances of the ENVISION technologies, to develop a comprehensive energy assessment methodology suitable for the proposed technologies and wider applications in the target sectors and to assess operational and functional efficiency of the developed technologies and carry a detailed energy audit. The monitoring results are analysed with the aim to provide robust and technically feasible solutions to further improve efficiency and reach project targets. Moreover, RINA ensures a widespread and effective communication of project results, showing that Energy Harvesting will be a suitable future business for retrofitting and building industry in general. RINA will also create an Exploitation and IPR Protection Plan and define a replication strategy for the successful application of project results across EU-28 addressing, key non-technical barriers and legal constraints.




BGTEC is a Polish SME working in the window and facades market since 1996. The company headquarters are located in Konstantynów Łódzki with specific focus on the development of innovative windows and facades, integrating specialized architectural technological features. The skill and knowledge of our technical office allow us to objectively analyse each job in every aspect, helping our customers choosing the right window, in terms of thermal, structural, aesthetic and, if required, acoustic aspects.
The evolution within the company is continuous, and the work processes avail ourselves with the most advanced technological equipment. Twenty years’ experience matured in the fenestration market in high end niches allowed us to export our experience abroad, with the execution of important and high standards projects in Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Scandinavia, Middle East and Africa. BG Tech has a long standing experience with works with historical buildings in the Lodz and Warsaw area where they were involved in 30 refurbishment projects in the last 3 years.

University of Genoa - Thermochemical Power Group (Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering)


The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering of the University of Genoa – DIME includes the “Thermochemical Power Group” TPG (www.tpg.unige.it) and was founded in 1998. Its mission is to carry out theoretical and experimental research in the field of advanced energy systems. Since 2004, the TPG hosts the Rolls‐Royce University Technology Centre on Fuel Cell Systems, with the aim to investigate solutions and technologies for fuel cell stationary power generations. The main fields of research of TPG are: development and testing of advanced CHP energy systems; dynamic performance modelling of energy systems; thermo-economic analysis; monitoring and diagnostic techniques for energy systems; high temperature fuel cell technology (SOFC); investigation of thermal processes for biomass conversion; numerical and experimental investigation on burners and combustion systems for boiler, furnace and gas turbine applications. Original software resources are: WECoMP – Web Economic Cogeneration Modular Program for the design and optimization 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.

Emergo Hout & Bouw B.V.


Emergo is an innovative construction partner, specialized in the development and production of prefabricated roofs, gables, dormers, etc. The company is located in The Netherlands, in Stadskanaal and Almelo. From its modern production sites, Emergo is working for medium and large contractors throughout the Netherlands. Its own installation teams operate throughout the Netherlands.
Emergo stands for enjoyable living for everyone. The company has grown from a start‐up during a decade to a company where more than 130 professionals every day work with a lot of knowledge, skill and fun.



NBArchitecten is a leading Dutch architectural firm in making de built environment more sustainable. They built over 250 zero energy houses and won the prestigious Cobouw Sustainability award 2018 with the project ‘De Willem en de Zwijger’ in de village Best (Brainport Eindhoven) - a social housing project with beautiful PV-panels designed in the façade.
NBArchitecten works with a lot of young talented people, also from other European countries. They also develop themselves collaborating in different programs as Interreg (PVopMaat) and Horizon2020, student programs (Academy of Architecture) and international companies as Engie, Ballast Nedam and BAM.
NBArchitecten is very well known as a company that Makes Things Happen.

Associated Organisations


Stichting Sint Trudo

housing corporation - www.trudo.nl


Woningstichting Compaen

housing corporation - www.compaen-wonen.nl