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News from the Demo Sites

Over the last year, the demostration sites have been monitoring and assessing performance prior to renovation. The tendering for and the manufacturing of the solutions to be installed are continuing. Here we provide a snapshot from each demonstration site.

Spanish demo site - Cáceres

Promotion of BRICKER@Expoenerga

Extremadura participated in Expoenergea, an International Energy Fair organised via Extremadura’s Energy Cluster and the region’s energy agency. The event was initiated to meet the need in our industry for a meeting point specialising in activities that directly and indirectly affect its evolution. The aim is to establish renewable energy and energy efficiency and related sectors as one of the engines of the economic growth and development in Extremadura.

At this event, the General Direction of Industry and energy of Government of Extremadura outlined the Bricker Project: the expectations, the main approach proposed and the benefits.

Visits of future retrofitting contractors to the Spanish demo site

In addition, during the month of December 2014 several visits to the Cáceres Public Demo site took place for technicians who will be involved in constructing the industrial warehouse and the concrete foundations for the roof-mounted thermosolar collectors. The design works are already finished and now tenders are under preparation, to start construction works in summer 2015.

The works to be undertaken on the roof present a specific set of challenges as humidity and infiltrations must be avoided. We are therefore working in close cooperation with the contractor to meet the technical specifications and to establish a timeline for the interventions.

Belgian demo site

Procurement procedures in Liège in full swing

The Province of Liège has scheduled all installation works of innovative technologies from the BRICKER Project over two different budgetary years: 2014 and 2015. Due to the specific nature of the works, four different public tenders have been issued. The first two subcontractors were chosen in December 2014. The first company will undertake replacement works of the main curtain-wall facade. The second subcontractor will install the biomass boiler, pellets storage silos, the prototype ORC-unit, piping, cables and logic control of the BRICKER system.

Tenders 3 and 4 have received budgets in 2015 and contracts will be signed by June. The third tender concerns insulation works of the roofs with PIR foams (with and without PCMs) and the forth includes the replacement of the windows frames, façade insulation and integration works of 22 prototypes of air handling units at the top of the selected windows.

Turkish demo site

A detailed plan for delivering a successful retrofit

Since the beginning of the year 2015, the technical specifications of both the active and passive works have been drawn up and in February a first meeting was held with the hospital procurement team. For the solar and ORC systems to be installed in the Turkish Demo (a Public Hospital in the city of Aydin), manufacturing has already started and is set to continue until the last quarter of 2015. Tendering for the purchase of some of the technologies, such as the adsorption chiller, and the ventilated façade installation works, are underway and should be completed by the end of July.