Hands-on Workshop on Building Integrated Renewable Energy Systems
Thursday April 6th, 2017, 10:30-14:00
The building sector represents one of the biggest energy consumers in the European Union (EU), accounting for more than 40% of final energy consumption. To combat that, the EU implemented a series of directives that promote the use of energy alternatives for buildings, used primarily for electricity, heating, cooling and the provision of hot water, starting with Directive 2009/28/EC which implied that all member states should increase the use of renewable energy sources along with energy efficiency and savings by 20% until 2020. Shortly after, EU passed Directive 2010/31/EC defining minimum rules on the performance of buildings and introducing energy certificates, taking into account the external climatic conditions and defining the Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB). To qualify as a NZEB, a building has to exhibit a very high energy performance and to cover the amount of energy required to a very significant extent from renewable sources that are produced on-site or nearby. Moreover, after 2018 all newly constructed buildings that were either occupied or owned by public authorities must qualify as NZEB, with all other new buildings following suit from 2020.
Of the various renewable energy systems that can be installed in the building sector in order to cover energy requirements (electrical and thermal loads), solar energy systems are currently the most widely used, mostly in the form of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. To this end, the current state-of-the-art as well as emerging technologies in solar energy applications, among other renewable energy applications, that can be integrated into the building elements will be presented in the workshop and subsequently the participants will have hands-on training at the solar energy conversion facilities of the University.
Attendance is free for graduate students and practitioners that wish to expand their knowledge in the field of energy.
The working language is Greek.
For more information about the Workshop, please click here (in Greek)