Demo sites

Austria demo site

The intervention aimed to the renovation of the front façade of the NSG – Pilkington downstream production plant, located in Austria. The area of the whole façade amounts to 66,5 m2, consisting of 30,4m2 vision parts and 36,1m2 spandrel parts.

The former windows, made of two glass panes combined to an insulating glass unit, were installed in 1992 and were provided with  rather poor thermal insulation properties (U=1,5 W/m2K), compared with current standards.

The existing windowshave been replaced with Pilkington SunplusTM BIPV Vision which, as a look-through solution, is only partly covered with solar cell stripes and ensures a good visible connection to the outside world. For the spandrel parts,  Pilkington SunplusTM BIPV Spandrel was used, which is completely covered by the solar cell stripe technology.

The new facade not only ensure optimum thermal performances ( Ug= 0,65W/m2K) but it also enables electricity production.

Check this video to see the fully operating facade!

Southern Europe demo site – Savona Campus

The Southern Europe Demosite (SED) is located at the Savona University Campus  (one of the venues of the University of Genoa) where a Smart Polygeneration Microgrid (SPM) is already installed to provide electric and thermal energy with a district heating network (DHN) to the Campus buildings. The SED will integrate the ENVISION harvesting panels with a 100kW mGT and an innovative high-efficiency heat pump with the aim of testing the performance of the ENVISION harvesting solutions and their integration with other devices in a sort of microgrid. The system will be also equipped with an advanced MPC (Model Predictive Control) to define the best control and management strategy optimising the renewable energy exploitation and minimizing the consumption of fossil fuels and the CO2emissions.

The SED will be also interconnected with the existing DHN of the Savona Campus in order to test its operation also in a real environment.

Moreover, the ENVISION Ventilated Window has already been installed into an office inside Delfino building; the indoor conditions of the “ventilated window office” and of a “twin office” will be monitored by a system supplied by RINA that is able to evaluate the quality of the environment inside the room, to compare the situation with and without the Ventilated Window.