SunHorizon Consortium

RINARINA Consulting S.p.A. – RINA-C

RINA is a global corporation that offers a wide range of high quality tailored solutions in the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors. RINA activities contribute to developing the qualitative level of the market by adopting measures to protect health and safety and to improve the well-being of society building value for future generations. RINA is the project coordinator of SunHorizon and its main role in the project will be the development of new design methodologies for H&C appliances not only based on technical normative but on local demand via a design under uncertainty approach, that will be also applied in replication strategies

LitenCommissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives – CEA

CEA is the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission, a leading European RTO with > 16 000 employees and 10 centres in France. SUNHORIZON project involves the CEA LITEN institutes of CEA Tech. Part of CEA Tech division, the CEA LITEN (Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) is located at CEA-INES (French institute of solar energy) in Chambéry, where CEA has employed more than 350 peoples since 2005. It is one of Europe’s newest and most important research centers in the new energy technology field. It covers the complete value chain of photovoltaics (material, cells, modules, solar systems, and storage systems) and energy efficiency in buildings (thermal systems, equipment control strategies, indoor environment quality, innovative multi-purpose envelope components). The Chambéry team focuses on thermal systems, develops management and control strategies of any complex electricity system for efficient smart thermal grid integration or stand-alone operation. The team focuses on thermal system for buildings, works on thermal systems development, test and performance assessments: solar combi systems, solar thermal cooling, district heating, heat pumps, accelerated whole system test for building applications, thermochemical seasonal storage, air heat & water recovery unit.


VEO is an Energy and Environmental Service Company, mainly dedicated to the maintenance, preservation and improvement of buildings, facilities and complexes of different nature, in order to improve comfort, performance and security at lower cost. With its core business of “smart power management” VEO has gained a leading position in the areas of energy management and energy savings and CO2 emission control. VEO provides innovative solutions for sustainable development of cities and companies, through the control and maintenance of district heating and cooling networks, industrial utilities and energy services in buildings and facilities. VEO is involved in a dual approach: in the technical tasks related to Madrid and Sant Cugat demonstration and on the activities related to business models development and on the replication and exploitation activities , and on the stakeholders engagement thanks to its involvement is several H2020 projects.

Schneider ElectricSchneider Electric SPA – SE

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, and integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Schneider worldwide leading position is to make energy: safe, with power and control; reliable, with critical power and cooling; efficient, with energy efficiency; productive, with industrial, building and home automation; green, with renewable energy solutions. The subsidiary in Italy offers products, equipment and services for ICT solutions for Infrastructures, Building & Residential markets, and Industry.

Schneider offers a wide range of products for different energy monitoring and management applications: devices and integrated systems (hardware + software platform) for home & building automation and management (e.g. large portfolio of field devices for HVAC, lighting, safety and security applications, , small – medium and large size controllers for modular building control solutions, cloud platforms to allow sharing of data, analytics and advanced management applications (e.g. energy management, facility management, predictive maintenance, etc.)..

Schneider Electric will take care of the smart monitoring of the developed solutions and of the whole building equipped with the HP+TES+SOLAR solution using new sensors and integrating data from the existing Building Management System.

boostHeatBoostHEAT – BS

BoostHEAT is a French energy efficiency company that designs, develops and assembles a new generation of heat pump boilers based on an innovative thermal compression technology. The result is an energy efficiency that reduces energy bills and CO2 emissions by half for space heating, hot water and air-conditioning applications in residential, public and commercial buildings. BoostHEAT systems will be demonstrated in SunHorizon project towards their optimization.

ITAEConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – ITAE

The National Research Council (CNR) is the main Italian research public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.

The Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies ( was established in Messina in1980 by the Italian National Council of Research (CNR). ITAE has long proven experience in environmentally friendly production, storage and use of energy. It has been contributing to development and penetration of technologies related to energy saving, low polluting energy production, renewable energy sources, hydrogen and fuel cells in Italy and Europe since the early 80’s. The research activity is based on multidisciplinary knowledge, such as chemistry, physics, engineering, and is aimed at the study of the synthesis and material properties of the processes as well as the realization of prototypes and their application. The ITAE carries out its scientific activities in the framework of national and European programs, in cooperation with industry and research groups. Currently, about 100 researchers, technicians and post-doctors are employed. ITAE is also active in the integration of different technologies (with special emphasis on wind, solar cell, solar cooling and biomass).


Founded in 2002, as a spin-off company of Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Fahrenheit is the pioneering company in small capacity adsorption chillers. The founder, Walter Mittelbach, put since 2002 strong emphasis on research and development and since foundation the R&D base is the core of Fahrenheit business. By consequence, Fahrenheit GmbH holds currently 22 national and international patent families on thermal refrigeration and technological solutions utilizing solid sorbents like silica gel and zeolite. Since market introduction, Fahrenheit sold more than 500 units of small capacity adsorption chillers based on silica gel – water. FAHR solutions will be demonstrated in the SunHorizon project.


Fundación CARTIF is a leading Spanish Applied Research Centre in terms of R&D and technology transfer activities created in 1994 formed up by some 150 researchers.

CARTIF participation in international activities is promoted through the R&D Programmes Department and has been materialised in the current participation in 47 on-going international projects, including 20 projects from H2020 (4 of them coordinated). Coordinated projects include OptEEmAL “Optimised Energy Efficient Design Platform for Refurbishment at District Level”, R2CITIES “Renovation of Residential urban spaces: towards nearly zero energy CITIES”; CITyFiED “RepliCable and InnovaTive Future Efficient Districts and cities” and two H2020 lighthouse projects REMOURBAN “REgeneration MOdel for accelerating the smart URBAN transformation” and MySMARTLife ” Smart Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of smart Life and Economy”.

CARTIF will be leader on modelling and management activities in SunHorizon project.


IES are developers of the world’s leading integrated building performance modelling software system the <Virtual Environment>. The IES <Virtual Environment> is a suite of building performance modelling tools based around a single integrated data model. The purpose of the system is to provide the high quality information required to design, build and operate better performing, more sustainable communities. It can be applied from the earliest stages of the design right through to operation. The <Virtual Environment> is used today by many of the world’s leading architectural and engineering practices and in recent years has been proliferating at a very rapid rate due to the unique ability to improve decision making and workflow.

IES R&D was established to advance the <Virtual Environment> suite of tools and since our involvement in EU and national funded projects we have developed new tools for building retrofit analysis, building management and operation, city modelling software and smart grid modelling and control software. Many of these tools are still currently prototypes to be released in 2017 and 2018, being used in-house for consultancy projects until their interface is finalised; a number are available as commercial products.

ivlIVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet AB – IVL

IVL is an independent, non-profit research organization. Since 1966 it has worked with development of solutions to environmental problems nationally and internationally. We do research and contract assignments notably in: Natural resources, climate and environment, resource-efficient recycling and consumption, sustainable production and environmental technology, sustainable urban development and transport.

IVL has expertise in heating and cooling. Notably in the area of business modelling. IVL is an environment research institute and as such has great knowledge of how to estimate environmental impact, air pollution and social acceptance of different technologies. These skillsets are important for the tasks undertaken by IVL. IVL will provide support on business modelling, environmental impact analysis and social acceptance.

ehpaEuropean Heat Pump Association – EHPA

The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), was established in 2000 and represents the majority of the European heat pump industry. Its members comprise of heat pump and component manufacturers, research institutes, universities, testing labs and energy agencies. Its key goal is to promote awareness and proper deployment of heat pump technology in the European market for residential, commercial and industrial applications. All EHPA activities are aimed at overcoming market barriers and dissemination of information in order to speed up market development of heat pumps for heating, cooling and hot water production. The association actively monitors current EU and National legislation developments and provides technology related knowledge to actors in the policy-making process.

In this project, EHPA will take part in the development and implementation of the dissemination and communication work package.

TVP SolarTVP Solar SA – TVP

TVP Solar SA is a Swiss company which designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative, highvacuum flat solar thermal panels based on a proprietary technology for cooling and heating applications.

TVP Solar is a gamechanger in the solar thermal industry, effectively competing with fuel and in some cases electricity for largescale, energydemanding applications, such as air conditioning, process heat, desalination. TVP also drives several process heat and steam for oil industryspecific applications in extraction, refining and transportation.

TVP Solar is constantly developing new solar collectors, based on high vacuum insulation that will be also demonstrated in SunHorizon project, to address specific challenges also in mid and small scale applications for solar heating/cooling of residential and commercial buildings

DualsunDualSun – DS

DualSun is a manufacturer dedicated in PV-T modules production. It conceives all its products and has developed and certified within 3 years a stainless steel version (2014) then a polymeric version 3 years after (2017). It developed expertise in PVT systems and prediction of PVT performances. It supervises 30 pilots installations in France with varied configurations and equipment. DualSun will finalise and provide prototypes from an incremental innovation on its polymeric version for the NB building identified for this project with PV/T needs. The fittings will be easier to connect and the photovoltaic will evolve to reach up to 300Wc leading to a redesign of the assembly.

It will provide its expertise for the systems development for the PV/T side and gives preconisation for the monitoring.

CheckWattCheckWatt AB – CW

CheckWatt is providing metering and data visualization services. Currently, about 5000 people in Sweden are using the tool (Android and iPhone app ‘EIB Solar’) for building energy efficiency modelling and monitoring energy output from solar PV installations. In SunHorizon CW will develop and validate consumer-centric Building Energy Management System (BEMS) to maximise Renewable Energy Sources (RES) self-consumption and promotion of ECO-COMFORT concept.


The city of Sant Cugat del Vallès is located in the region of Catalonia, Spain, approximately 20 km away from Barcelona. The city of Sant Cugat del Vallès is a municipality of around 80.000 inhabitants that enjoy a privileged natural environment and urban green landscape with a strong commitment to sustainability. According to its smart city strategy, Sant Cugat has also been one of the pioneer cities in Spain promoting the City Protocol Society. The City Protocol Society is an international forum that invites the city councils, industry, research organisations and other agencies involved in city transformation to work together in order to share knowledge and experiences in the sustainable transformation of urban spaces. This cross-sector partnership focuses on the establishment of international standards and politics that should drive the sustainable development of cities


GRE-Liège is a public organization directly financed by the Minister of Economy: it is the incubator for large development projects for the Liege region, Belgium. Its mission is to create the conditions to develop sustainable jobs in Liege province. Its role is to identify the development axis (and lead some of them) for the reindustrialization of the Region.

One of the strategic axis is the energy sector. It has launched a large energy retrofitting project called RenoWatt. GRE Liege has been contracted by the Minister of Economy to prepare large retrofitting.

This is naturally that GRE-Liege will play the role of coordination between the member of the consortium as well as the demo site in Verviers (mainly in tertiary sector buildings)

BDR Thermea Group BV – BDR

BDR Thermea Group is a world leading manufacturer and distributor of smart climate and sanitary hot water solutions. The Group operates in more than 82 countries worldwide, employing around 6,500 people across Europe. BDR’s role will be to provide expertise in the field of heat pumps for heating, cooling and domestic hot water applications. Its activity will be in the provision of compact solutions for residential buildings as well as the monitoring of heat pump operation in a solar system.


RATIO is a small producer of heating components like heat pumps, tanks, solar plates, controllers etc.. able to promote and design very innovative, customizable products.

Through its skills in building tanks for heat storage and their know-how around the whole system, RATIO can provide the perfect solution for each SunHorizon demo site and technology package for what it concerns Thermal Energy Storage hot water tanks, especially considering that their tank provides perfect characteristics for solar and HP applications.


Riga Technical University is the largest technological university and the leading multidisciplinary research institution in the Baltic states. The priority areas for research set by RTU are: Energy & Environment; Cities & Development; Transport; Materials, Processes & Technologies; Information & Communication; Security & Defense. The Institute of Power Engineering is a part of the Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering, conducting both fundamental and applied research in Power Engineering. The total staff of the Institute is about 50 people. The Institute is the main research institution working on power systems in Latvia.

In SunHorizon, RTU will contribute to all of the work packages with a focus on organizing the demonstration activities in the northern demo sites – two residential houses in Riga, Latvia. RTU will also work on the implementation and testing of the methodologies and tools developed during the project. These tasks overlap very well with the core competencies of RTU which combines expertise in power engineering and cost-benefit analysis of energy projects.


The Madrid Municipal Housing and Land Company is a publicly owned corporation whose sole shareholder is the Madrid City Council. The Company has an experience of over 30 years working in the field of real estate development and land management with a track record of nearly 30.000 dwellings in Madrid. EMVS’s efforts have been geared towards changing the idea that subsidized housing stands for low quality, focusing on a new approach that associates quality of life with social housing. We have worked to build quality public housing at affordable prices. The Madrid City Council, working through EMVS, has stayed a step ahead of legislation in terms of innovation and sustainability, setting the benchmark for the creation of quality sustainable housing.

EMVS will be in charge of the implementation of the project results into an existing real-life building in Tres Peces Street, Madrid Downton (Spain). EMVS, as the Housing Agency of the Madrid City Council, has developed activities concerning promoting, developing, renovating and building the municipal social housing stock. EMVS has previous experience in applying European research results to pilot buildings too.

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