Project ID: CZ.1.05/3.1.00/13.0283
Funding provider: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (OP VaVpI)
Investigator at UCEEB: David Fotter
Project duration: 1. 1. 2013 – 30. 6. 2015
The project was realized by the team of the University Centre of Energy-Efficient Buildings at CTU, thanks to the financial support of so called preseed activities of the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation and the state budget.
The main objective of the project is to extend the existing support structures for technology transfer at CTU of a dedicated part that will operate within UCEEB and enable a stable and effective support to researchers and a consistent development of innovative potential of the newly built centre.
At the beginning of the project in January 2013, there were six promising technologies that have passed an endurance test. Within the Proof of Concept, the commercialization support team at UCEEB, together with the researchers, evaluated the commercial potential of different technological solutions. At the end of this phase in December 2013, the project team chose four most promising technologies, of which three are still in the process of preparation for commercialization, and in one case it was possible to already quit the preparation phase and start the final negotiations with the applicant for commercialization. This pioneer technology is the Model Predictive Control (MPC), i.e. a unique combination of hardware and software solution that allows achieving energy savings mere regulation in relation to the prediction of external changes without additional investment in construction works. Only two research activities have been fully terminated as their market potential was not proven.
As scheduled, in the end of 2014 two research activities culminated: the Low-energy Construction Material and the Low power ORC - Wave. Over the past year both research teams have confirmed the market potential of their technology. The first team participated in the ForArch fair in September 2014, where its members presented the benefits of the business model associated with the use of waste brick dust to potential partners. The authors of ORC (a heat recovery equipment) presented their project in October last year at the RENEXPO fair in Augsburg, where they noticed a strong interest of industrialists and gained valuable contacts and references. The third research team Light-weight wood-based curtain wall - Envilop continues in preparation of the pilot installation and testing its elements. During the first half of this year, UCEEB will finalize the negotiations with partners from the application sector, and beginning July 2015 the selected candidates will gradually enter into a license agreement and cooperation agreement.
UCEEB now seeks commercial partners to commercialize three technologies:
- Low power ORC - Wave
It is one of the gems of UCEEB. A unit based on organic Rankine cycle allows to use and de facto to recycle waste heat for power generation with a power output of about 3 kW. The team of doctor Mascuch has already submitted a patent application on the key components of the device and is now awaiting a grant of two utility models. The commercialization support team and the scientists are now looking for ways how to connect with commercial partner, who (in cooperation with UCEEB) could get the ORC units into the regular commercial distribution. In October 2014, the technology attracted the visitors of RENEXPO trade fair in Augsburg, Germany. In a long-term, UCEEB plans to commercialize a related ORC technology for other performance categories as well. http://inspiredbyrankine.com/
- Light-weight wood-based curtain wall – Envilop
The team led by professors Hajek and Tywoniak managed throughout the project to introduce several prototypes of prefabricated wood-based panel. The combination of the best materials, integrated windows and attractive wooden appearance with an optional installation of solar panels or ventilation elements brings a unique solution, for example, for buildings set with so called boletice panels. The commercialization is scheduled to take place after completion of all certification at the end of June 2015. The team has already received a prestigious award for "Innovation of the Year" from the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Environment. UCEEB has already registered one utility model. In addition, a number of presentations of the Light-weight wood-based curtain wall have been held e.g. at the Wooden Structure fair or at the Industrial Ecology conference and abroad at IEECB'14 in Frankfurt.
- Low-energy Construction Material
It offers an attractive solution to two problems in the construction industry. On the one hand, demand for cheap and durable materials is increasing; on the other hand, there are large industrial enterprises, which, besides building components, also produce bulky waste in the form of brick dust. The team led by professor Cerny has proved the possibility to use this "waste" in construction blends, used in the production of vibro-pressed mixtures for landscape architecture, paving or tiles. He managed to combine the requirements of the construction market and current demands for environmentally beneficial solutions. The researchers have already obtained a utility model for this technology.