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The Organic Rankine cycle (ORC) is named for its use of an organic, high molecular mass fluid with a liquid-vapor phase change, or boiling point, occurring at a lower temperature than the water-steam phase change.
By tracking the position of the sun, parabolic collectors can concentrate the solar radiation on a tube, thus heating the fluid which flows in the tube up to 250-300°C. The hot fluid can be used for many purposes. This technology is already used for large solar power stations.
Heat recovery ventilation can be integrated into windows, walls, shutters, and heating and cooling units. HRV provides fresh air and improved climate control, while also saving energy.
A sustainable lightweight ventilated façades constitutes a second skin outside the existing façade. A natural vented cavity is located between these two skins creating a void gap for “chimney effect”.
Thermally activated cooling involves harnessing waste heat and using it for cooling applications. There are various techniques for achieving this, that can be applied to different types of building.
Biomass CHP plants are commonly used in district heating systems as well as in industries with high heating and cooling demand.
PCMs are materials that can adsorb and store thermal energy while its structural phase changes.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609071
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