Heat Pump and solar appliances are the most socially accepted residential Renewable Energy – based energy systems. SunHorizon will demonstrate up to Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 7 innovative, reliable, cost-effective coupling of solar and heat pump technologies.
SunHorizon addresses three main research pillars that interact each other towards project objectives achievement, demonstration and replication:
- OPTIMIZED DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING OF SUNHORIZON TECHNOLOGIES
- SMART FUNCTIONAL MONITORING FOR HEAT & COOLING
- KPI DRIVEN MANAGEMENT AND DEMONSTRATION.
The main objective of SunHorizon is to demonstrate up to TRL 7 innovative and reliable solutions, which use heat pumps (thermal compression, adsorption, reversible) properly coupled and managed with advanced solar panels (PV, Hybrid, thermal). In fact, the two of them together are able to provide heating and cooling to residential and tertiary building with lower emissions, energy bills and fossil fuel dependency. Moreover, the project will realise a cloud-based functional monitoring platform in order to be the “performance data mine”. It will be useful for the development of Data Driven / Key Performance Indicator (KPI) oriented optimised algorithms and tools for predictive maintenance, improve the management towards maximisation of solar exploitation and give to the manufacturer inputs for new installation design.
As stated in EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling, “large-scale demonstration projects of energy-efficient and low / zero-carbon technologies are needed to help reduce technical and market barriers by providing robust data to evaluate their performance in each market segment”.
At this purpose, SunHorizon aims to be a breakthrough demonstration to market project involving 21 partners’ expertise and 8 demo sites all around Europe. Indeed, it focuses its research and demonstration activities on “reducing system costs and improving performance as well as optimising existing technologies for heating and cooling applications and for some of the most promising market segments”.
Some of the major challenges in the implementation of the project are:
- High TRL to be achieved of integrated TPs: TRL 7
- A pre-industrial project
- Demonstration in different climates and type of building
- Cruciality of Data Monitoring to drive the three research pillars
- Crucial importance of the dissemination and stakeholders’ engagement
- A long, but well structured project both in terms of responsibilities among partners and timing