On the 5th of February 2020, the official start of the research project "Sol4City - Integrated solar supply concepts for climate-neutral buildings in the "City of the Future"" took place at Sonnenkraft GmbH in St. Veit an der Glan, Austria. The expertise of leading research institutes and industrial partners from Austria and Germany will be bundled in a bilateral, cooperative consortium to develop renewable energy supply concepts with high solar coverage for heating, cooling, household electricity and electromobility for multi-storey residential buildings and city quarters.
The focus of the project is on the combined use of available technologies such as PV and battery technologies, heat pumps, ice storage, grids, the activation of thermal masses as well as new advanced technologies. In the context of the overall system, new components such as PVT hybrid collectors, sorption technologies, vacuum heat insulation and interactive control of the overall system will be developed or enhanced respectively. Taking into account synergetic interactions with network infrastructures (electricity and heat) in the sense of using bidirectional flexibility options, holistic energy supply concepts should finally be available. The aim is to achieve maximum space efficiency of the conversion technologies on site, and high economic competitiveness for broad applicability in the "city of the future".
Project coordination: AEE INTEC
Austrian project partners: Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing - Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH, SONNENKRAFT GmbH, KIOTO Photovoltaics GmbH, Kreisel Electric GmbH&CoKG
German project partners: IGTE Universität Stuttgart (head of German consortium), Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co KG
The project is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the scope of the “City of the Future“ Research Programme.