The kick-off to SCORES: an EU project on energy efficient buildings

In November 2017 the partners in the SCORES consortium from all over Europe gathered in Brussels to start their cooperation in the 4-year SCORES project, which is funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 call on Energy-Efficient Buildings. With a score of 14 out of 15 points, the project was well-received by the reviewers and European Commission both.

On November 8 and 9 the partners in the SCORES consortium from all over Europe gathered in Brussels to start their cooperation in the 4-year SCORES project, which is funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 call on Energy-Efficient Buildings. With a score of 14 out of 15 points, the project was well-received by the reviewers and European Commission both.

The SCORES project aim is to develop and demonstrate in the field a building energy system including new compact hybrid storage technologies, that optimizes supply, storage and demand of electricity and heat in residential buildings, increasing self-consumption of local renewable energy in residential buildings at the lowest cost.

Combination and optimization of multi-energy generation, storage and consumption of local renewable energy (electricity and heat) brings new sources of flexibility to the grid and giving options for tradability and economic benefits, enabling reliable operation with a positive business case in Europe’s building stock. SCORES optimizes self-consumption of renewable energy and defers investments in the energy grid.

Within this framework, TNO will act as coordinator, promoting smooth cooperation and strengthening the consortium from within. In this role, TNO will also take part in the dissemination and exploitation of the knowledge, in all its forms, from new IP that will be created to commercial applications that will be developed. More in depth technically, TNO will build on its existing knowledge of energy storage and contribute to the project by developing a loss-free energy storage based on chemical looping combustion technology.

The SCORES collaboration is across all of Europe

Similarly, the other SCORES consortium members will contribute from their own specialities. The SCORES consortium combines the expertise and facilities from partners throughout Europe, and with backgrounds ranging from research organisations through industrial partners to power companies. This wide background gives the SCORES project the power to tackle this challenging concept.

The SCORES concept is to develop several key-technologies in parallel, i.e. second-life Li-ion batteries, compact thermal storage by phase-change materials, high performance hot-water heat pump supplied by hybrid photovoltaic and solar collectors (PVT), chemical looping combustion heat storage (seasonal storage), integrated through a smart building energy management system (BEMS), and to demonstrate them together in a hybrid energy system.

Full-scale demonstration will be done with regulatory/normative, economic and market boundaries taken into account. Demonstration of the integrated hybrid energy system will take place in two real buildings representative of different climate and energy system configurations for 3 cases, in Northern Europe with and without a heat grid, and in Middle/Southern Europe without a heat grid. Through smart combination and optimization on the system level SCORES will evaluate technical, economic and environmental benefits being larger than the sum of their parts. The partners in the consortium are the key actors for the required technologies that will be integrated in the project, representing strong industrial partners (OEMs) in the value chain for future exploitation of compact hybrid energy system.

Participants at the Kick-off
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