OCHSNER is a project partner in the EU research project "HYBUILD".

HYBUILD focuses on the development of two innovative compact hybrid electrical/thermal storage systems for stand-alone and district connected buildings.

The project aims at developing cost-effective and environmental-friendly solutions, while ensuring comfort conditions in residential buildings located in two different climates: Mediterranean climate where cooling is critical; and Continental climate where a stronger focus is put on heating demand.

The project is led by the Spanish group COMSA Corporación and it associates 21 partners from 11 EU countries – among them Ochsner as producer of heat pumps. It started in October 2017 and is running for 4 years. The project was selected as part of the Energy-efficient Buildings - Public-Private partnerships in research.

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Motivation and Impact

Energy storage is a key component in providing flexibility and supporting renewable energy integration in the energy system and can efficiently contribute to the decarbonisation of buildings. A promising research area is to exploit compact hybrid energy storage systems for covering space heating and/or cooling, Domestic Hot Water, and electricity demand. The overall impact is to enhance energy savings, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel utilization, thus contributing to the EU energy security.

HYBUILD will contribute to produce robust and innovative energy storage solutions presenting the following characteristics and advantages:

  • Cost-effectiveness supported by advanced economic and business models for investors;
  • High replicability potential to ensure an important market penetration;
  • Easy integration (compact solutions) into existing buildings/systems;
  • Extended solution life time;
  • Superior energy performance contributing to the overall energy system flexibility;
  • Reduction of building energy consumption and greenhouse gases.

HYBUILD innovations will be validated in three demo sites in Almatret (Spain), Aglantzia Municipality (Cyprus) and Bordeaux (France).