The integration of renewable energy; the development of services to promote smart grids; the implementation of new technology for savings and power generation, and the inclusion of photovoltaic energy and domotic systems in households and living spaces, will be the focus points of this event
The event will take place at IFEMA between 28 February and 3 March 2017
The GENERA 2017 Innovation Gallery, the International Event for Energy and the Environment, organised by IFEMA, between 28 February and 3 March, will feature 14 projects due to their contribution to the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Spain. This initiative is aimed at supporting the efforts of scientific and technological research that is being undertaken by public and private organisations and the innovative activity of companies in the sector.
The projects have been selected by a jury of experts, professionals and representatives from leading associations in the sector, bearing in mind their innovative contribution, energy efficiency, feasibility and potential to positively influence the progress made in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Promoting renewable energy
The new GENERA 2017 Innovation Gallery will accommodate solutions that are committed to generating electrical power based on hybrid renewable energy, the design of new structures for the improvement of the environment, the development of new added services for smart grids, the integration of distributed renewable energy, the generation of more sustainable grids and the installation of industrial quad-generation systems.
Technological innovations will also be presented, such as fuel cells for portable applications; management software for heating, air conditioning and industrial refrigeration companies; a high-performance wind turbine; systems for the recovery of thermal energy and an innovative generator for inclusion in commercial wind turbines.
Similarly, the Gallery is completed with projects targeting energy saving in buildings, which, as a result, will have almost zero energy consumption, by means of the installation of photovoltaic power generation; and the automation of the space using efficient and intelligent systems.Furthermore, the exhibition will include the design, construction and installation of a scientific research base in the Arctic, which will use renewable energy as its energy source.
Cogeneration plant using cattle slurry treatment and biogas generation and production of organic fertilisers (Navia, Asturias)
The new plant is one of the largest agro-industrial biogas projects at the state level, designed by Biogastur Generación, this is a multidisciplinary project that involves the implementation of new technology in the fields of research, design and innovation. This project will improve the region's environment and society. The plant will process some 400,000 tons of livestock waste a year and produce biogas and organic fertilisers of high agronomic quality. The waste will be derived from some 40,000 cattle, both producers and breeding animals from the CLAS herd. The process will be carried out with the selective collection of the slurry, together with a small fraction of whey deriving from the manufacturing of dairy products.
E-LIG-E, New portable power generation concept based on hydrogen and ultra-light fuel cells that have high power density.
The E-LIG-E project seeks to develop, construct, evaluate and use a fuel cell for portable applications that works with stored hydrogen. A flat multi-cell prototype will therefore be produced (a “stack”), capable of providing a power capacity of up to 100 W, and its practical demonstration will be carried out using a portable application. Thanks to a new concept that is integrated and compact, the fuel cell will present an important reduction in weight and volume, meaning that the limitations of the current portable energy sources can be exceeded in terms of autonomy and power density.
CIFP DON BOSCO LHII (Rentería, Guipúzcoa)
The Smart Space project consists of the conditioning of one of the rooms of the Don Bosco centre, to create an energetically efficient and intelligent space, in such a way that it is turned into a showcase for different solutions. All of the energy consumption and power generation will be monitored to see their relative contribution/consumption, quantifying the contribution of each type of renewable energy used. Furthermore, the room will be equipped with a domotic system for the control of lighting, creation of scenes and control of different elements using OpenHab, bringing students closer to the world of IoT.
Zero consumption "TITANIA" single-family property in the process of Passivhaus Plus certification (Madrid)
The project proposed by DMDVA Arquitectos involves a zero consumption property in the process of "Passivhaus Plus" certification located in the area of the Calle Arturo Soria in Madrid. The calculation criteria from the Spanish Technical Code have been followed both in project planning and in the construction phase, as well as, in a voluntary manner, the Passivhaus certification criteria, with the aim of obtaining a building with savings of up to 90% in terms of its energy consumption, with suitable interior comfort levels.
Its passive features make it compatible with the aim of producing more energy than is consumed each year using a photovoltaic power generation installation.
Use of thermal energy contained in the wastewater collection network for the heating of the indoor pool at the Moratalaz Municipal Sports Centre (Madrid)
With this project, Eneres aims to recover and use the thermal energy contained in the wastewater network in the immediate surroundings of the Moratalaz Municipal Sports Centre, in order to provide year-round thermal energy that is used in the generation of domestic hot water and heating for the heated pool. The installation's operational process means that the energy needed in the heat pumps' heat sink will be provided by means of an exchanger installed in the existing wastewater collection system in Calle Valdebernardo. This exchanger will provide water in optimal conditions for the running of the heat generation system by a heat pump.
A new energy model based on renewable energy, energy efficiency and intelligent electrical grids aimed at the end consumer. ETRA I+D (Valencia)
By means of the European projects Nobel Grid and WiseGRID, Etra I+D offers a range of solutions aimed at increasing the intelligence, stability and flexibility of the European electrical grid through a greater use of storage technologies, an increased participation by renewable energy and by boosting the deployment of electric vehicles and their recharging infrastructure. These projects provide value added services that benefit the active participation of agents in the electrical market, giving citizens more power and protection, using innovative and interoperable mechanisms for monitoring and controlling the grid, moving from a paradigm in which generation is centralised and based on fossil fuels to another in which generation is distributed and based on renewable energy.
CIDERPLUS ENERGY BOX, the energy generation unit that is renewable, intelligent, connected and efficient
CIDER PLUS (Boecillo, Valladolid)
The Ciderplus Energy Box (CEB) product is a power generation unit based on renewable sources, by means of which thermal and electrical energy is provided on demand in line with energy efficiency criteria. The idea is to have a compact, modular system that can be transported and that is easy to install, which allows an installation's thermal energy needs, in the form of heating and domestic hot water, to be supplied by its generation using biomass and/or solar energy. Similarly, the unit is complemented by electrical power generation from photovoltaic panels that allows the CEB to be energetically self-sufficient, by means of the storage of electric power in batteries, as well as the consumption of the excess generated in other demands from the installation itself or even in a refuelling station for an electric vehicle.
Spanish Arctic Base Felipe VI
FUNDACIÓN POLAR ESPAÑOLA (Spanish Polar Foundation) (Madrid)
Sponsored by UNESCO, the project presented by the Spanish Polar Foundation consists of the design, construction and installation of an Arctic scientific research base that does not cause harmful effects on the environment, both in terms of its construction and in its subsequent operation, which reduces the construction and operation costs, and its configuration can also be changed in a matter of hours.
This will be demonstrated with the construction of the base, in sight of the whole world, in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I in Valencia (the construction and installation will be broadcast live online) and its subsequent installation in the Arctic, specifically on Ellesmere Island.
This project's key innovation is the use of renewable energy in the High Arctic, where, historically, the only sources of energy used have been fossil fuels, precisely in the location where climate change is becoming more evident.
This project aims to provide scientists with the chance to conduct their research in the Arctic in safe and comfortable conditions, using Spanish technology and products.
Design of a new generation of generators and auxiliary equipment for wind energy based on superconductors.
Barcelona Institute of Material Science
This innovative project, presented by the Barcelona Institute of Material Science, is based on the design of a generator, on the physical basis of a DFIG generator (doubly-fed induction generator) with a routine use of 2MW in commercial wind turbines, turning it into a prototype of a synchronous generator with an equivalent output with superconducting field winding, without iron. The project will assess the complexity of its construction, its reliability and its provisions with regard to its design specifications, the target being its possible industrialisation within 5 to 6 years in agreement with the cost forecasts for the superconducting materials to be used in view of the notable increase in both the quality and number of manufacturers worldwide.
SIRAE, Intelligent System for Rationalisation and Energy Saving INGEVERT 2000 (Malaga)
SIRAE, consists of a digital household proposal that uses integrated systems by means of a distributed terminal system that works in conjunction to comply with energy saving and comfort requirements. Therefore, the main operative focus of the SIRAE is based on achieving energy savings that are significant for the property, while maintaining comfort levels, allowing the user to be able to reduce the power source contracted to the minimum required, in a very intuitive manner, changing consumption patterns, adapting the energy consumption to the new electricity tariffs or eliminating consumption in Stand-By.
WINDEOL, reliability in low power wind energy systems in adverse climates
REACCIÓN UPTHEWORLD, S.L. (Madrid)
This project involves a wind turbine without external moving parts that is capable of obtaining a high utilisation of the source energy, both in a laminar or turbulent flow system. It is different from conventional wind turbines, which only use the wind's thrust force that acts perpendicularly, and for those in which an increase in the turbulence represents an important loss in performance.
Similarly, it allows a grouping of the machines due to their modularity, boasting a high spectrum of applications for the production of electric power.
Self-contained mobile unit for generation of renewable energy
Kemtecnia Tecnología Química y Renovable, S.L. (Huelva)
AURORA is a unit for the generation of renewable electric power, which is self-contained, mobile and customisable. Its units are housed in a standard container. It can produce solar and wind energy, energy from a fuel cell, as well as medicinal-quality H2 and O2. Its storage capacity for electrical energy allows it to be self-sufficient for a week in the absence of wind and sun. It is equipped with a robotic arm that automatically deploys all the photovoltaic solar panels and which, subsequently, acts as a wind turbine mast. It can be sent anywhere in the world with minimum labour requirements, both for its deployment and for its installation, in such a way that it can be controlled and monitored remotely.
It is particularly suited to responding in the event of natural disasters, in isolated areas, civil engineering works, field hospitals, provisional camp sites for humanitarian aid, etc.
Ultra-flexible quad-generation industrial installation for the production of electricity, hot water, steam and cold water
SINERGIA INGENIERIA Y SOLUCIONES S.C (Gandía, Valencia)
This project involves a quad-generation industrial installation, with maximum energy efficiency, for the production of electricity, cold water, hot water and steam for an industrial unit in the agri-food sector. The planned installation can involve the required flexibility to be used in different modes, in such a way that the needs that are not covered by the new installation are covered by the pre-existing installations.
The project is completed with a comprehensive control system to place the cogeneration engine in the suitable operating mode, according to the hourly price for electricity, in order to maximise its performance; and in order to adapt the combination of elements and its operating mode to the plant's demand for steam, hot water and cold water.
Self-supporting support structure for photovoltaic solar panels. SUPORTS DESARROLLO Y SOLUCIONES, S.L. (Ribarroja de Turia, Valencia)
The solution proposed by Suports Desarrollo y Soluciones, S.L. consists of a closed structure, with perimeter baffles which, thanks to their friction coefficients, as well as their mechanical behaviour and the aerodynamic component of the unit, allow photovoltaic projects to be tackled as a result of its very light weight and the ability to be included within the structure itself.
It involves a variant of the structures where, using an aerodynamic study, the counterweight to be used to compensate the reactions produced by wind suction has practically been eliminated, responding to a series of projects in which the constraints may make execution impossible with a conventional system.