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Agrilution

flag_of_GermanyAgrilution provides consumers with the unique emotional experience to grow fresh herbs, salads and vegetables in their own home – fully automated, all year round. Our solution is an ecosystem consisting of a smart kitchen appliance, proprietary seed consumables and an app. We are the creators of a totally new product category, have a market ready and patented ecosystem, and are ready to ramp-up production.

Altered

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Your regular water tap is dumb. It has a high water flow, which makes the water pass through your hands or bounces off of the plates you are washing. Water is wasted when it runs straight down the drain.

Altered’s solution is a patent pending atomization technology for the nozzle of a water tap. The nozzle atomizes the water, splitting it up into millions of droplets. This increases the surface area of the water, which makes it possible to use every single water drop coming out of the tap. The water shoots out of the tap in the form of a high-speed dense mist. The user can switch between the mist and a regular water flow. For example, when you want to quickly fill a glass, you change to a regular mode and still get up to 85 % water savings.

BENEFITS Using every single drop of water means you can wash your hands, brush your teeth, do your dishes etc. with only 2 % of water use compared to a regular water saving aerator. Using less water also means using less energy to heat the water – and about 50 % of used water is hot water! Existing taps can be retrofitted with the nozzle, saving money and materials.

The nozzle is easy to install: it takes 30 seconds and a single size fits all common faucet sizes (adapters included). Public areas get a full functionality with only 0,4 liter/minute, working from 1.5 bar pressure. ROI varies between regions, but it can be even less than a month for a hotel complex in the Middle East.

Altum Technologies

FinlandFouling increases the energy need for production equipment, consequently causing 2,5 % of the global CO2 emissions per year – equal to 20 % of the emissions of world’s cars. Traditional methods used today to clean the industrial process equipment are mechanical cleaning and chemicals. These methods involve equipment dismantling, high-pressure cleaning with water and expensive, hazardous chemicals, re-assembly, and related production stoppages.

Altum Technologies uses a novel high power ultrasound technology to remove fouling from industrial equipment of any size and shape without production downtime. The technology combines traditional ultrasonic cleaning with advanced beamforming techniques to localize and effectively clean a pre-defined target point. The solution is clamped-on, so they can easily change the place in where they beam ultrasound. The patent-pending technology is externally applied to any equipment (for example heat exchangers, tanks and pipes), which carries some kind of liquid, without the need to modify the equipment. It can clean most dirt: biofouling, mineral scaling, and chemical fouling. They use the Cleantech-as-a-service (CaaS) model: for a fixed monthly fee they clean the client’s equipment and maintain their technology.

BENEFITS No production stoppages and no equipment disassembly. Maintenance needs are minimized and production processes are more efficient when equipment is constantly clean. Companies can save up to 40 % energy consumption in their processes. No need for hazardous chemicals, which helps both the environment and the workers. Industrial equipment can get a longer lifespan and it doesn’t need to be thrown away because of difficulties to remove fouling. Data about the processes taking place inside production equipment can be provided. Improved process efficiency ensures increased recovery rates of rare raw materials.

APR Technologies

swedish-flag-graphicThere are two main cooling systems used today for electric vehicles (EV’s): air-cooling and liquid cooling. Although liquid cooling is considered to be the most efficient, it is costly and heavy, because the often-used liquid – water – needs to be separated from the battery cells with piping or cold plates. Some solutions use dielectric oil, but the thermal properties are less efficient and the system requires exterior pumping and safety systems.

APR Technologies has developed a dielectric liquid cooling system for EV battery cooling, which is in direct contact with the battery cells and the Battery Management System (BMS). In this way, they save a large amount of materials, weight and assembly costs. The integrated micropumps improve and control the flow to an optimum: both efficient cooling during charge and discharge of the battery cell, as well as efficient controlled self-heating of the battery system in cold weather – we often get -30 degrees in the Nordics. It also enables an intrinsic safety feature through the properties of the designed dielectric liquid: large amount of energy is absorbed by the liquid at temperature, where the initial process leading to thermal runaway and failure of Lithium Polymer cells is triggered, thus, avoiding the thermal runaway chain reaction.

BENEFITS Small size and weight, low power consumption, no vibrations and long lifetime. The battery system is easier to recycle as there is less material, dismantling is easier and parts are identified in a simple way. The system reduces the weight of a battery system – probably with more than 100 kg in a typical EV-car. It also reduces the battery charging time and improves cell balancing – including safety with improved protection against thermal runaway. It can substantially contribute to the uptake of EV’s and, consequently, help to reduce CO2 missions.

AW-Energy

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Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. One of the main challenges of green energy is lack of predictability and intermittency of the renewable energy resource, which causes problems to the grid due to the mismatch between supply and demand.

AW-Energy has developed, patented and successfully demonstrated and certified a technology to utilize wave energy, the largest untapped resource within renewables. WaveRoller®, is a submerged wave energy converter based on a hinged panel that is attached to the sea bed in the near shore area. It generates electricity from the movement of the waves (surge phenomenon) and is connected to the electric grid onshore. A single WaveRoller unit (one panel and power take-off combination) is rated at between 350kW and 1000kW. The technology can be deployed as single units or in farms. WaveRoller is on a clear and concise path to full commercialization, supported by independent, third-party certification and validation of the technology.

BENEFITS Electricity produced by ocean waves is more stable than other renewable energy sources as it’s predictable for several days in advance and often available when the resources for other intermittent renewable energy sources are not. As an easily scalable solution WaveRoller technology can be utilized in different environments and combined with other energy solutions. The technology design is built in a way that supports local production and creates employment. The device is environmentally friendly, and the foundation actually works as an artificial reef, creating a new habitat for marine life.

C-Green Technology

swedish-flag-graphicSludge from industries and municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) is used as fertilizer on agricultural land, as soil replacement, as landfill cover, landfilled or incinerated. These methods can require large surface areas for composting, cause significant greenhouse gas emissions and be expensive, energy-intensive, and wasteful of energy and nutritional values.

C-Green’s sludge disposal service turns costly, potentially toxic sludge from wastewater treatment and other wet biowaste into an inert and odourless bio-carbon, which can be sold as biofuel or as a carbon sink soil improvement. C-Green has patented its robust efficient technology, including the reactor design, the use of wet oxidation to make the process independent of external heat, heat recovery without heat exchangers, and process industry integration. C-Green’s processing facility will be situated at the WWTP, in close proximity to the produced sludge and fit into two containers: one with the high-temperature processes that receive the sludge and one for mechanical dewatering and control system cabinets.

BENEFITS C-Green Zero Energy HTC not only has an exceptionally low OPEX, its process configuration makes it self-sufficient with regard to heat, reducing sludge water content from 80 % to 30 %, without the need for external energy. While achieving a 70 % sludge volume reduction, C-Green provides savings on sludge dewatering, chemical costs and a 15-30 % savings on disposal costs as well as profits from a reduction of heat demand and a 5-10 % increase in biogas production. The process also enables a 90 % phosphorus recovery rate. The bio-carbon produced is essentially free from chemicals and biological safety hazards such as pharmaceutical residues. If the biocarbon is used as solid fuel, microplastics are prevented from entering the environment. A more than 100 % greenhouse gas reduction can be achieved by replacing fossil fuels, reducing transportation and avoiding emissions of methane gas from landfilling and composting.

Convion

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De-carbonizing of electricity supply requires a new mix of energy sources and efficient utilization of the existing ones. Convion provides a solution for ultra-clean and efficient on-site power generation in small scale, making accessible vast but distributed and currently underutilized waste biomass resources for carbon neutral and d

Biogas from waste biomass is a key part of the future energy mix and plays an important role in achieving targets set for renewable energy. Energy self-sufficiency of water services also underpins societal development and resiliency in emerging economies. Biogas can be produced sustainably by anaerobic digestion, a proven and scalable process, by which organic matter of e.g. sewage sludge can be stabilized. The challenge to date has been that waste is a distributed resource and conventional technologies for capturing the energy of biogas are inefficient, making biogas-to-electricity conversion by co-generation feasible only in large facilities. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are the most efficient technology for converting biogas to electricity regardless of power range, making a Convion fuel cell system an ideal integrated co-generation solution for water and waste services.

Convion has started demonstrating an industrial scale biogas fuel cell system in a wastewater treatment plant in Turin, Italy. The plant is a reference design, representing a medium scale facility where penetration of conventional co-generation systems is low. A new market potential for fuel cells in similar facilities in EU alone is enormous, representing an equivalent of 930 – 2550 MWe of carbon neutral generation.

Enjay

swedish-flag-graphicGenerally, the energy in the warm exhaust air from restaurants is not recovered; instead, it is released directly to the outside air. This means real estate owners throw hundreds of thousands of kWh’s into the air every year!

Enjay has a solution to recover heat energy and distribute it back to the building in a highly challenging environment: the ventilation systems of restaurants. Their patented energy recovery unit can survive the grease, soot and moisture, which normally destroy the technical equipment. They put in the missing piece of the puzzle – condensation. Their product, Lepido, is an enhanced heat pump: it collects the warm energy from the exhaust air from restaurant ventilation. An evaporator is placed in the duct, where it extracts energy. Grease and soot are directed to designated areas where they can be cleaned off. The water that condensates out of the warm exhaust air is collected and the energy that is bound in warm (or cold) water is then transported via piping to wherever it is needed in the heating system of the building.

BENEFITS The amount of energy extracted from the exhaust air can be increased by almost 40 % compared to a process without condensation. Real estate owners can save money through reduced energy consumption. The average installation saves about 250,000 kWh’s every year. ROI in Sweden is about 5-6 years. With the Swedish energy mix, the energy savings mean an equivalent of 25 tons of CO2 emissions saved. For one restaurant. Every year. Looking at Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the total saving of CO2 if every restaurant was equipped with Lepido, would correspond to the emissions from well over 12 million cars.

Epishine

swedish-flag-graphicNowadays, batteries are often used to power sensors and IoT devices. As the use of IoT devices continues to grow, changing trillions of batteries is costly and time-consuming and therefore not a good solution.

Epishine, based on 25 years of research, makes organic solar cells that harvest ambient light around them wirelessly to power sensors and indoor Internet of Things devices – and these applications are only the entry market. No worries if there’s no light in a while; the solar cell will be connected to a conductor that can hold energy for up to 3 weeks. Their most innovative aspect is, however, their scalable, cheap and patent-pending manufacturing method. They can print solar cells as you print newspaper; instead of printing ink on paper, they print plastic on plastic. It is also thanks to this manufacturing method that they can print completely organic solar cells, consisting only of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur – while the competitors need to use expensive and scarce metals in their solar cells. The solar cells are also ultrathin, ultralight and flexible, and are therefore optimal for integration with tiny things, such as sensors. Cheap production and cheap materials allow the target price of 1 cent/kWh.

BENEFITS The organic solar cells do not contain rare and toxic heavy metals. The initial cost is about the same as batteries – after production scale up even cheaper. The energy payback time is 1-4 weeks – good in comparison to 1-4 years for traditional silicon solar cells. Long lifetime of 20 years and low maintenance costs. As they use different conducting and semiconducting materials to match the indoor-spectrum, they get the highest efficiency indoors among solar cells. The manufacturing method is scalable and has a low carbon footprint.

Gecco

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Used Cooking Oils (UCO) can play a significant role in EU shift towards advanced biofuels; as they are available in every territory, they could be used locally to fuel public transports fleets. However, biodiesel production chains have still negative environmental impacts: chemical processes, use of petroleum derivatives and massive long-distance transport.

Gecco has developed an enzymatic biodiesel production process with a global lifecycle approach that produces a 100% renewable biodiesel. We have designed a modular production unit adapted to regional-size UCO amounts and tested the provision of Ville de Lille captive fleet.

We aim to:

  • Finalize this demonstration and fuel local authorities’ fleets in Hauts de France Region with our biodiesel, in a short-circuit circular economy loop.
  • Search for partner companies in other French regions and in foreign countries and accompany them in the implementation of UCO local valorisation circular loops,
  • Sell our modular biodiesel production unit and other technical solutions to these partners companies.

BENEFITS Our biodiesel is 100% produced from waste and renewable materials. It reduces GHG emissions by 93% compared with classic gasoline and by 70% reduction compared with first-generation biodiesel. Other environmental benefits of the product’s lifecycle compared with gasoline are: lower water lower air pollution and lower human health impacts.

On the CSR aspect, our production file creates 10 times more local jobs than standard diesel (at equivalent volume) and contributes to territorial energetic autonomy and wealth.

With our solution, public fleets can reach their environmental and climate objectives without investing in new vehicles. Our process unit is modular and easily installable.

GraphMaTech

swedish-flag-graphicThe materials mainly used for heat sinks today are aluminium and copper. The properties of these materials are limiting factors for the lifetime and energy efficiency of electronics: poor heat dissipation causes more than 50 % of electronics failure and waste energy. With graphene-based materials, the issues with upscaling and agglomeration have prevented a viable solution – until now.

Aros Graphene ® is a novel ionic graphene nanocomposite material, which is fit for manufacturing and upscaling. It is based on a sandwich structure of graphene and certain halogen-free ionic salts. The material is easy to apply as an additive, through coating or even by 3D printing. The application focus is heat management. Wherever there are electronics, heat is generated, in everything from mobile phones to industrial equipment. Great potential also lies in 1 ) self-lubricating systems to reduce lubricants in machines, e.g. in the food and drug industry; lower friction reduces energy consumption and higher wear resistance reduces the need to interrupt production to do new coatings 2 ) moving electrical contacts; Aros Graphene ® could replace silver, resulting in contacts with higher durability and more efficient energy transfer, and 3 ) energy storage with supercapacitors. Material and a scalable manufacturing process are patent-pending.

BENEFITS Aros Graphene is non-toxic and has extremely high thermal conductivity, up to 180 % higher than any other material measured in the Ericsson thermal management laboratory. Heat sinks (elements that lead away heat from e.g. electronics) can be made much smaller and with lower risk of overheating. The material can reduce energy consumption, in everything from cooling of laptops to industrial processes. Electronics can be replaced less frequently. A longer lifetime saves resources and energy. This also reduces hazardous e-waste. As e-waste is often disposed of and processed in developing countries, this also reduces health damages and pollution caused by improper disposal.

HawaDawa

Urban air pollution has reached a scale beyond all bearing. Its detrimental effects now impact human health, our climate and ever – increasingly, our mobility. Consequently, European Urban Centers are now faced with the urgency to act. But, the question is: Act based on what? Current trends in promising digital approaches such smart city & eco-mobility require environmental data (air quality, noise and microclimate) in an unprecedented reliability, clarity and accessibility. This is exactly what Hawa Dawa provides.

With state-of-the-art calibration methods, Hawa Dawa is able to reduce the relative uncertainty of low-cost sensor reaching legal accuracy requirements in outdoor conditions. Utilizing external data such as weather, topology, city geometry, traffic, satellite data and others, its smart software creates both temporal and spatial predictions even in areas where no sensors are installed. Finally, a straightforward API makes environmental data one click away. The API can be adjusted to fit individual customer needs.

Hawa Dawa’s sensors measure Particulate Matter, O3, NOx, CO2, CO, SO2, Noise, Humidity, Temperature, Pressure.

Heimdall Power

norske-flaggThe old electrical grid is a poor fit for renewables, which require grid flexibility and information online capacity. Currently, there are more and more digital sensors at the production site, transformers and the consumer end, but the physical power grid monitoring is very limited. Communication problems with sensors and energy lifetime have both been challenges for the overline transmission sensors.

Heimdall Power uses a patented ‘neuron to neuron’ communication technology to monitor and optimize high voltage power lines, independent of Wi-Fi or mobile signal coverage. The sensors communicate through radio-frequency identification (RFID) with each other on the wire, providing real-time information about the state of the grid. The sensors are self-powered; they harvest the energy needed to run the sensors from the high voltage magnetic field. No external energy source is required, just high voltage above 22 kV. This means their neurons can be installed everywhere on the planet! They only need connected base stations at the ends of the transmission/distribution lines.

BENEFITS Faster and more precise fail-searching and maintenance for the grid allow a payback in 3 years. Grid owners can operate the grid more efficiently and safely as they get data on the true capacity of their power line. They can prolong the life of the high voltage grid and increase its dynamic capacity, resulting in that more dynamic, green loads – wind, solar, EV infrastructure, etc. – can be attached to the grid. Dynamic Line Rating and power line optimization also increase income. Grid investments can be postponed and/or investments can be optimized, saving money! As they use RFID technology, the sensors do not need Wi-Fi or mobile coverage to communicate, making it easy to apply around the world. The sensors can be self-powered as they harvest energy from the magnetic field.

Heliac

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Heliac produces solar-based high-temperature heat in utility-scale at costs below any alternative anywhere in the world.

The heat is generated using large, low-cost, mass-producible lenses that work exactly like magnifying glasses. These lenses are placed in panels that can provide heat for district heating, desalination, cooling, process heat, and power production.

The solution holds the potential to reduce annual global industrial energy costs in excess of €200 billion while eliminating 13-15% of global CO2-emissions.

A first full-scale solar-field sold to E.ON for a district heating facility will be commissioned this summer.

 

Iscent

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Packaging and package printing business is growing constantly. There is a worry of cost increase of demanding package materials,  and environmental impacts of numerous material choices.

Iscent has developed a non-material adding, direct printing/embossing process to a wide scale of packaging applications in plastics and paper-based materials, as well as a combination of them. Iscent has developed its process and foresees special intention to increase visibility especially in Biobased packaging materials.

Technology enables light diffractive and functional roll to roll process to be applied in packages and printed media. The key benefits are:

  • cost-efficient, sustainable wide web process with no additional material impact
  • the increase of package and printed media visibility instead or in addition to traditional printing methods
  • brand protection

Phoenix Biopower

swedish-flag-graphicWith 81 % of global energy supply being fossil, fossil technologies need to be replaced. High-efficiency biopower can replace fossil power from oil and coal, giving massive CO2 emissions reductions. Also, with more intermittent power from sun and wind, balancing power is needed. High efficiency biopower from Phoenix BioPower can cater to this need.

Phoenix Biopower shifts biomass combustion from boilers to gas turbines; the patented “BTC Technology” converts biomass to power at twice the efficiency of the steam cycle technology. It is based on five key principles: biomass gasification, high pressure operation, massive steam injection, superior heat integration and gas turbine combustion. The biomass is torrefied and subsequently gasified under high pressure at 60+ bar using superheated steam. The product gas, together with steam, is fed to a gas turbine with high pressure combustion at 60+ bar. This ultra wet combustion, with up to 50 % steam, reduces the need for compressed air, energy for compression work and NOx emission. The resultant hot gas drives the gas turbine expander, providing power to the generator. The high electrical efficiency together with an overall plant efficiency of more than 100 % results in a power-to-heat ratio of > 1:1 (compared to SC of 0.3-0.4). It also enables profitable power-only applications with biopower. The typical BTC plant is 10-100 MW. The initial application is estimated to be executed as part of a refurbishment/replacement program for existing CHP plants for coal or biomass. Lastly, as part of the fuel treatment, biochar is produced and may be extractede for other needs, enabling CO2 negative power through BECCS (BioEnergy CCS).

BENEFITS CO2 emissions reductions by replacing fossil fuels with biomass. Twice the efficiency (60 % at 100 MWe by 2030), 40 % lower marginal cost, 40 % lower lifecycle cost, higher operational margins and lower LCOE, compared to the current steam cycle technology. Strong positive NPV of plant (Steam Cycle < 0). 7-13 % IRR for plant (Steam Cycle < 0).

Polylabs

LatviaConventional petrochemical based polyols are produced in multi-step chemical processes, which involve sophisticated equipment, large-scale production, many by-products to manage, emissions and waste. There is high growing demand from end customers for “green” products, but companies are struggling to provide that due to high prices of bio-based products and technical difficulties related to them. Customers are not willing to pay a “green premium” for a bio-based product.

Polylabs produces bio polyol from renewable resources in a one-step chemical production process which creates no waste, no by-products and no VOCs. This allows selling the product for a price at the same level as the petrochemical-based polyols in the market. Polylabs Bio Polyol contains secondary amine and primary hydroxyl functional groups. Hydroxyl groups in their Bio Polyols are up to 100 % primary. The production method ensures that all carboxylic compounds in natural oils are transferred into Bio Polyols. The best target applications for the Bio Polyols are rigid polyurethane insulation products, such as insulation boards, spray foam and sandwich panels.

BENEFITS Due to the polyol structure with 70-83 % bio-carbon content, customers can be more independent of crude oil market fluctuations, reduce their CO2 footprint and apply for construction ecolabels – all with a competitive price. They can avoid the use of 474-674 kg of crude oil and save 356 kg of CO2 emissions per every ton. Bio Polyols are even CO2 negative because the natural oils have absorbed more CO2 than they create in polyol production! And there is more – these polyols even have technical advantages – they are autocatalytic and hydrophobic, allowing the customers to reduce the use of catalysts and hydrophobic additives, consequently reducing their expenses in the polyurethane production.

ReMoni

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Take control over your technical installations today! Simply clamp on, calibrate and start monitoring your energy consumption using sensors and cloud artificial intelligence. Technical installations in professional buildings is a pain:

Controlling them gives huge benefits in energy savings, user comfort, avoided damages and control over contractors. Scientific research has shown savings between 10-70% achieved by monitoring the single critical device. The problem is that the high cost of installing and running the conventional solutions limit the case.

BENEFITS The patented ReMoni platform will monitor the technical installations, down to the single critical devices, to reduce loss of resources – in an easy, cost-efficient and flexible way. It is done through clamp-on monitoring with cloud artificial intelligence on your technical installations, using our IoT sensors for existing cables, pipes, machines, etc.

The sensors are deep-integrated with the ReMoni cloud, ReCalc, which host the artificial intelligence (AI) data-analysis for high data quality, data-storage, user interfaces, and an API to interface to other solutions.

Examples of cost-efficient usages:

  • Predictive maintenance
  • Energy management
  • Commissioning

Scandinavian Biogas

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Scandinavian Biogas is a major leading player in large­scale biogas production, with key expertise in the design and operation of anaerobic digestion plant to secure efficient biogas production. The Company’s focus is on facilitating the global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy for sustainable transports including cars, buses, heavy-duty land transports or shipping. This is combined with recirculation and recovery of nutrient from digestate for sustainable farming.

Thanks to the Company’s experience, methodology, research and development, Scandinavian Biogas operates high organic load digestion (HOLDTM) processes of various types of biomass including food waste, manure, wastewater sludges, forestry waste and aquaculture residues. At present, with three operating plants in Sweden, one in South Korea and a new business unit under construction in Norway, Scandinavian Biogas overall production capacity is close to 500 GWh. Linked to the ongoing project in Norway where liquid biogas (LBG) will be produced from fish waste and effluents from the pulp and paper industry, the EffiSludge for LIFE project is today the largest demonstration project in the Company. Supported by the European LIFE Programme, EffiSludge for LIFE aims to modify operation of an existing wastewater treatment plant processing effluents from a local pulp and paper mill, to secure industrial symbiosis with the biogas sector.

BENEFITS Under EffiSludge conditions, the carbon footprint of the sole wastewater treatment plant is reduced by 50% due to the lower energy demand per cubic meter of treated wastewater and the replacement of external chemicals dosing with nutrient recirculation post anaerobic digestion.

Sensible

EUEU energy system aims to be clean, competitive, cost-effective and secure, where renewables will be a significant source of generation and clients will have a proactive participation in energy markets. Energy storage and energy management technics and technologies are key enablers to achieve previously mentioned goals.

SENSIBLE project, a 15 EU partners consortium, with a 15 M€ budget, funded by H2020 program (GA 945963), is developing energy storage and energy management technologies, focusing three complementary domains: i) communities; ii) buildings; iii) distribution grids. SENSIBLE is being demonstrated in three demonstrators located in Nuremberg, Nottingham and Évora. SENSIBLE is leveraging the renewable energy penetration in distribution grids as well as enabling active participation of end users in energy markets. The project addresses regulatory and market barriers which are blocking the deployment of this technologies and builds sustainable and advanced business models which makes these developments feasible.

BENEFITS In Nuremberg a Building Energy Management System was developed, enabling market participation, based on its controllable assets management (storage, PV, EV, CHP). In Nottingham, a community energy management platform was settled allowing energy cost reduction, by optimizing storage, PV and shifting energy consumption. In Évora, developments were made at 3 layers: i) grid storage level and smart metering system; ii) grid protection and control; iii) high-level algorithms, based on optimal power flow concepts. Together, these developments create an advanced smart grid infrastructure able to optimize grid operation, including advanced functionalities like islanding operation or DSM schemes. In client side a Home Energy Management Solution was developed bridging the gap between clients and energy markets, providing flexibility through storage, (electro-chem. and thermal), PV, or controllable loads. HEMS is able to drive local functionalities optimizing energy consumption, but it is also able to respond to market signals in a competitive environment.

Sylfen

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Renewable energies are not reliable for a 24/7 all-year long supply for buildings or local communities, because of the intermittency of their production.

Adding Energy storage and combined heat and power (CHP) to renewable power sources (solar, wind, hydro) is the perfect fit to get reliable supply all year-round from local energy.

With the Smart Energy Hub, Sylfen stores energy with two technologies: Li-ion and hydrogen. To bridge electricity and hydrogen at highest possible efficiency, we are using a breakthrough technology, protected by 22 patents: a rSOC energy processor. This unit operates part-time as an electrolyser to convert surplus power into hydrogen when intermittent energies produce more than locally needed, and part-time as a fuel cell to cover energy needs when intermittent energies do not produce enough. When in fuel cell mode, it uses the hydrogen previously produced and locally stored or, in addition, (bio-)methane from the local grid.

A first proof-of-concept prototype is now operating. It is delivered to the French Utiliy ENGIE in may 2018. The first Smart Energy Hubs will be delivered in Turin (Italy) with a European consortium (FCH-JU REFLEX).

The system is a turn-key solution, adaptable to all type of building’s needs thanks to its modular design. Sylfen adapts the operating strategy and energy services to fit its customer’s needs.

BENEFITS Energy storage through hydrogen is cheap: 15 €/kWh, today, and does not self-discharge, while batteries are a perfect solution to cover peak power demand. We use both solutions at their best to cover from local sources all power and heat needs of buildings, eco-districts or local communities.

As a result, Sylfen’s Smart Energy hub offers full use of locally produced energy, less CO2 emissions, minimum primary energy use, a LCOE competitive with grid energy and more value for the real-estate.

Symbio

frFaced with the need to improve air quality in cities, to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to develop renewable energy, the transport sector is left with no choice: it must make a clean break from combustion engines and develop electric transport on a large scale.

Symbio intends to play a major role in this transformation, solving what, until recently, has proven to be the main issue facing battery electric vehicles: ease of use. A new generation of parts manufacturer, the company designs hydrogen fuel cell kits that can be incorporated into various different types of electric vehicles (utility vehicles, vans, buses, heavy-goods vehicles, boats, etc.) and are associated with a range of digital services (vehicle repairs, remote fleet management, etc.). Once equipped in this way, these vehicles provide enhanced ease of use (full in three minutes, autonomy twice that of their battery equivalents, etc.) while remaining “zero emissions”. Thus, they particularly answer the needs of professional users (delivery, taxis etc.) who face growing constraints to enter city centers.

Symbio offers manufacturers the possibility to optimise and accelerate their influence on the electromobility market by improving their range of products while reducing their implementation costs (Symbio’s technological platforms are compatible for use with various applications) and market launch timeframes (the company is able to integrate its systems quickly and efficiently into vehicles). It also helps them in optimizing their commercial deployment. As for fleet managers, the hydrogen battery systems and the related services put forward by Symbio allow them to convert all of their vehicles to zero -emissions vehicles without being required to overhaul their operational structure.