The implementation of the InDeal project requires cross-disciplinary skills covering medical research scientific fields i.e. insulation materials, software development, smart meter manufacture, energy monitoring and computer modelling science fields aiming to develop innovative solutions for DHC systems design, insulation but also for automation. All these solutions target to increase the energy efficiency and at the same time to decrease heat losses.
In respect to this aim, we have assembled a team of scientists which have proven track records in a set of specialist fields, with internationally recognized expertise in various aspects of aerogel, materials, wireless communication, energy monitoring, smart metering, application development as well as computer modelling and advanced data analysis.
The InDeal project team is comprised by leading organizations in their respective fields from across the European Union. The project is coordinated by the City University of London and the consortium consists of 10 organizations from eight EU member states.
 

Research Organizations and Universities
City University London
Systems & Control Research Centre
School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
 
 
The Centre was created in 2001, and it is an evolution of earlier activities in the Systems & Control field, dating from the late 1970s. The Control base of the Centre has been expanded in the Systems area with new activities in Operational Research, Reliability, Risk, Systems Engineering, Communication Networks, Cyber Security and Machine Vision. The Centre's activities address the challenge of complexity in engineering design and aim to extend the systems and control approaches to challenging problems of integration of Design and Operations, in the Management of Industrial Processes, and areas such as Energy, Transport, Environment and Security. The research program is supported by research in Applied Mathematics in areas of Mathematical Systems Theory, Operational Research and Computations.
 
Objectives
Management of Complexity in Design and Decision Making of Engineering and emerging application areas by: (i) Undertaking research on the fundamentals of Systems, Control, Measurement, Information, Modelling & Mathematical Methods; (ii) developing methodologies that will enable the management of complexity; (iii) developing applied research in Engineering, Transport, Energy and Management problems.
 
Expertise
Control Theory and Design, Systems Engineering, Wireless and Mobile Networks, Network Security, Systems Theory and Modelling; Operational Research & Optimisation; Machine Vision, Artificial Intelligence; Applied Mathematics; Energy and Transportation Systems.
 
Research groups
The research of the Centre is carried out within four interacting groups:
  • Control of Complex Systems
  • Engineering Systems
  • Networks & Cyber Security
  • Mathematical Methods & Computations.
 
Researchers participating in InDeal:
Professor Nicos Karcanias (Prime Coordinator) : Nicos Karcanias@ city.ac.uk Profile
Professor George Halikias (WP5 leader): G.Halikias@city.ac.uk Profile
Dr Eduardo Alonso: E.Alonso@city.ac.uk Profile
Dr Serafeim Moustakides (Coordinator): Serafeim.Moustakidis.1@city.ac.uk
 

CEMITEC
 
 
CEMITEC is the Multidisciplinary Centre of Technologies for Industry. It is specialised in four technology areas: Electronics, Mechanics, Materials and Materials Deposition. Our Mission is to contribute to improve the competitiveness of enterprises through the development of R&D projects, technological services and other activities to promote innovation.
 
TECHNOLOGICAL AREAS
 
Electronics
Electronic product development: High performance digital systems, Low cost digital systems,
Operating systems: Embedded Linux, Real-time Systems, Advanced User Interfaces, Embedded systems integrated in the cloud, Information security, Wireless and wired communications, Integrating sensors and signal suitability, Electronic product
CE Marking: Testing and Consulting.
 
Mechanics
Design, analysis and optimisation of structural components
and systems and thermal fluids: Structural Components and Systems, Thermal Management: heat and cold, Chemical Engineering, Fluid and microfluid mechanics, Predictive analytic, Structural / NVH testing: Structural testing, NVH testing: Noise, Vibration and Harshness, Environmental testing.
 
Materials
Assessment and technological services on materials: Metallic materials, Polymeric materials, Coatings, Biofuels, fuels and oils, Waste recovery. Functional materials development: Functional inks, Nanocellulose and other materials, Functional coatings and paint, Functional composites and polymers.
 
Materials Deposition
Functional printing: Printed electronics, Intelligent Packaging, Printed biosensors.
Nanofabrication: Fabrication of periodic nanostructures, Roll to roll nanoimprint lithography, Optical biosensors.
 

 
ADItech is a private foundation created by Regional Government of Navarra in order to improve innovation chain of the Region by coordinating the Technological Centres and their relationship with Universities and companies. ADItech, as Linked Third Party of CEMITEC, and according to the signed Collaboration Agreement, coordinates the technological offer of the centres and gives support in business development and results valorisation.
 

CERTH | Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas
 
The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) founded in 2000 is one of the leading research centres in Greece and listed among the TOP-25 E.U. institutions with the highest participation in competitive research grants. CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas.
 
 
IRETETH
Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly
 
The Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly (IRETETH), a non-profit research and technological development organization headquartered in Volos-Thessaly, is the result of merging of the four Institutes of the Centre for Research and Technology Thessaly (CERETETH), which was established in January 2006. IRETETH/CERETETH became a member of the Center for Research and Technology – Hellas (CERTH) established in Thessaloniki and administered by the Ministry of Education, Religions Affairs and Long Life Learning. IRETETH, in its present structure, continues to support the research areas of CERETETH: i) Mechatronics, ii) Agrotechnology, iii) Biomedicine and iv) Kinesiology.
 

CEA | The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
 
 
As one of the three advanced research institutes within CEA Tech, Leti serves as a bridge between basic research and industry. His mission is to create value and innovate with industry. The core competencies of Leti bring it in the core of the IoT and High Computing world combining low power solution, nanoelectronics, sensors, connectivity technologies and security. Backed by its portfolio of 2,800 patents, Leti partners with large industrials, SMEs and startups to tailor advanced solutions that strengthen their competitive positions and their high tech image. The Institute has launched 54 startups to date. Its 8,500m² of latest-generation cleanroom space feature 200mm and 300mm wafer processing of micro and nano solutions for applications ranging from space to smart devices.With a staff of more than 1,800 including 250 PhDs and post-docs, Leti is based in Grenoble, France, and has offices in Silicon Valley and Tokyo.
 
Within the System division, research and development is focusing on sensors integration and optimized electronic devices for consumer or industry related context. The competences rely on both the new sensor development and characterization as well as signal processing for dedicated use (e.g. wireless sensor network, low power consumption and context capture including physiological monitoring, infrastructure embedded systems etc.).

Technological Specialized SMEs
IZNAB Sp. z o.o. (IZNAB)
 
 
IZNAB Sp. z o.o. (IZNAB) is an engineering-consultancy SME, focused on Cost-Effective processing technologies for Energy-efficient Buildings, Smart & Green Transport, Clean & Green Energy, Environmental and Nano-Bio-Technology applications. The company headquarters are located in Warsaw, Poland. The goal and strategy of IZNAB is to apply a whole new analysis technique in order to improve High-performance materials, Energy-efficiency and to reduce GHG emission from overall industrial/building facilities.
 
IZNAB Team have high expertize in design, optimization and integration of new compatible eco-innovative cost- and energy-efficient manufacturing technologies and processes, by using the latest tools for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) & Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA/LCCA) and applying it to understand the behaviour of innovative materials/complex structure, characterizing them, as well as application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) into the modelling of industrial processes and equipment, as well as in buildings. We achieve this using simulation programs, such as TRNSYS, and SimaPro.
 
IZNAB objective is to provide solutions in a highly competitive market with our experience in the ENGINEERING & CONSULTANCY area. IZNAB have the most specialised engineers with a high qualifications and experience to provide an adapted service which fulfils all of our client's requirements. Our services, amongst others, include:
 
IZNAB services, amongst others, include:
 
  • Biomaterials & Bio-nanotechnology
  • Energy Efficiency & Smart Cities
  • Engineering processes Optimization & Validation Technologies
  • Environment & Climate Changes
  • Engineering & Consultancy

CETRI | Center for Technology Research and Innovation
 
 
The Center for Technology Research and Innovation (CETRI) is located in Cyprus. CETRI help companies and public institutions to implement technological innovations and their timely launch to the respective markets. CETRI was founded by a group of professionals and academics who collaborated together for years at established technology research institutions and have built on that experience to provide great service and insight to help clients navigate the technology and innovation landscape. CETRI is in close collaboration with companies and public institutions in the implementation of technological innovations area, enabling them to strengthen their competitive position over long-term. CETRI's experts visit the clients on site, offer technological advice, launch new innovation routes, market insights, and provide guidance and support until they reach the desired goal.
 
Through business model alternatives we aim to find concrete solutions to the real challenges facing European entrepreneurs. Moreover, CERTI has participated in various R&D projects with partners covered all over Europe.
 

Net Technologies Finland Oy.
Net Technologies specializes in information and communication technologies with particular focus on telecommunication networks, both fixed and wireless, as well as Information and Communications Technologies applications, offering a unique variety of solutions, services and products.
Network Design and Optimization
With over 10 years of expertise in technologies such as 2G/GSM, 3G/UMTS, LTE, TETRA and WiFi, Net Technologies provides both standard and customized solutions for the cellular, public safety and broadcast sectors, ensuring high quality and cost effective coverage irrespective of location, supported by a commitment to exceptional service.
Information Technology solutions
Net Technologies provides high-end software development solutions for public and private sector. We focus on specific industries:
  • Telecommunication industry
  • Energy industry and resources as oil, gas, water and renewable resources
  • Security
Security solutions
Net Technologies offers a full range of Security and Risk Management Services. Our holistic approach to security ensures that our clients have a better understanding of overall organizational security risks to their organization. Net Technologies offers to its Clients state of the art solutions and provides services based on recognized international business best practice and applicable legislative or regulatory requirements.
Turn-key solutions
We undertake and deliver projects on a turn-key basis, offering systematic implementation and management approach for high quality and effective implementation of projects.
INNOVATION - We believe that innovation is the key element of success for any company working in a complex area of technology such as information technology and telecommunications. We participate in several on-going national and European R&D projects and co-operate with numerous universities, research institutes and corporations.

Large Industrial and Industrial SMEs
PROMAR Ltd.
 
 
PROMAR Ltd. is a polish company established in 1994. Presently PROMAR is the leader, on the polish market in remotely HAVAC infrastructure management which lead to reduction of energy consumption in the buildings. Regards to increasing costs of energy and European Union priorities due to effective use of energy in the buildings in the year 2004 our company's R&D department has started to develop software which is now offer on the market under the brand PROM@R MONITORING SYSTEM.
 
The system allows to conduct remote management of HVAC and water installations. The main advantage of the technology is the ability to communicate wit h all the metering and automation devices of different producers, which are responsible for analysing and steering the work of installations in building.
 
Due to the low costs of implementing and using the system the economic effectiveness is very high and in most cases the return on investment is less than 18 months. The entire project was co-financed and is still develop with the use of European Union Funds.
 
In 2010 PROM@R MONITORING SYSTEM was awarded by Polish Ministry of Environment in the GreenEvo competition. Thanks to being part of GreenEvo our technology is supported by Polish Government in international marketing and looking for local partners abroad that are interested in putting our technology on their domestic market.
 

Energetika Projekt d.o.o.
Energetika Projekt d.o.o. operates with biomass district heating system in a small Municipality in Slovenia, called Vransko. Municipality Vransko is a small municipality in Slovenia, that covers an area of 53 km2. It has 2526 inhabitants and covers an area of 5297 hectares. Largest natural wealth of the municipality are forests, that covers 77% of the municipality. Most forests are privately owned. Due to the high forest coverage in municipality, we started a biomass district heating project in Vransko.
The idea was to install a biomass district heating system for the all the inhabitants in Vransko. The heat power of the connected users is now 4.7 MW. Energetika Projekt d.o.o. operates with a biomass district heating system for the whole Vransko from 2003. It consists of two biomass boilers – 1,2 MW and 2,0 MW, which supply 189 households and all public buildings. We are also the first in Slovenia that has implemented a system of solar collectors which are integrated into the biomass system, with the purpose to meet the demand for hot domestic water for the whole Vransko.
The system consists of 850 m2 of solar collectors. The connected users are individual houses, multi-flat buildings, industrial building, as well as all the larger public users: the school, the kindergarten, the medical centre, some shops, the municipality building, a restaurant, a bank, a cultural centre and the post office (189 users). With the promotion and activity that we could established through BDH Vransko we manage to contribute not only on local, but also to regional development and recognition of the wider surroundings in the Slovenian territory and beyond. We are aware that further development of mankind in all areas largely depends primarily on the successful development and implementation of successful projects in the environment in the energy sector. The public was from the planning phase on, reasonably well informed about the project, which is also a reason for the project being well accepted by the local population. The environmental awareness of the population has increased. Further environmentally-friendly investments are in the planning or execution phase within the municipality. The enlargement of the district heating system is also planned.
The next phase was also upgrading the BDH system with wood gas cogeneration, which we installed in September 2014. Interested groups or individuals can visit the project site and its facilities. Vransko also hosts the info point of the 'biomass path' which is a part of an international biomass path in the Alpine region – it connects France, Italy, Switzerland, part of Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Also, a new project that we are working on is to establish a biomass collecting centre – from green cuts, logs, saw residues to pellets, wood chips, etc. Energetika Projekt d.o.o. together with Municipality Vransko are therefore a very successful example for other municipalities, particularly in the development of alternative energy sources. This momentum was enabled by biomass district heating system in Vransko, which should be well understood and its advantages also applied elsewhere in Slovenia and beyond.
We believe that the Energetika Projekt d.o.o. and Municipality Vransko can be taken as a model for other places in our country, because with the support and implementation of environmental projects definitely shows its attitude towards clean air - reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improve the natural environment in which we live.

European Associations
SNCU | Syndicat national du chauffage urbain et de la climatisation urbaine
FEDENE | Fédération des Services Energie Environnement
SNCU is the French national district heating and cooling association. Our members are private and public DHC operators. SNCU represents over 90% of heating and cooling deliveries in France. We provide our members with regular and relevant information and analyses on technical issues, regulatory changes, market trends, etc. Since the 1980s we conduct annually a statistical survey on all district heating and cooling systems. This study provides up-to-date technical and economic data, notably on energy sources used and heat and cool prices.
SNCU is also a strong advocate for the development of sustainable district energy. The association works closely with the French government, organisations representing local authorities and European counterparts to achieve this objective. SNCU works under the umbrella of FEDENE which represents 500 companies providing a wide range of services in the field of energy and environment (management, operation and maintenance of heating and cooling, local energy production, waste to energy plants, facilities management).
Key figures on district heating in France
  • 536 DH networks in 452 cities
  • Network length : 4 660 km
  • DH sales : 20-24 TWh p.a.
  • Heating market share : 6%
  • Recovered and renewables energy in the global fuel mix : 50% (2014)
  • Electricity produced by CHP: 2,7 TWhe
Key figures on district cooling in France
  • 20 DC networks
  • DC installed capacity: 740 MW
  • Network length : 160 km
  • DC sales : 0,9 - 1 TWh p.a.
  • 97% deliveries to the tertiary sector

 

SERM (Société d'Équipement de la Region Montpelliéraine)

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SERM is a local semi-public company with 117 employees in South of France. SERM Group mobilizes all its expertise in the implementation of the Montpellier city's urban projects, placing the inhabitants and their quality of life at the heart of the stakes of its mission. Acting mainly on behalf of the City of Montpellier, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and its municipalities, the SERM Group's mission is to ensure the harmonious development of the territory.

SERM operates also the district heating and cooling networks of the city of Montpellier with 31 km of pipes and almost 250 energy delivery substations. In this way, SERM, that is a member of FEDENE association cooperates with SNCU and with the consortium, as the third party involved in the WPs 2, 5, 6 and 7.
SERM will act as an end-user of the project and will have the second use case, where the proposed technologies will be validated under operational conditions.