The BRICKER project’s General Assembly convened in Cáceres, Spain, from 1st to 3rd October to check the current status of the project progress against plan and to map out the tasks and challenges that lay ahead in the short to mid-term. It was also the opportunity for the 18 partner consortium to check out for the first time the Spanish demonstration site managed by the Government of Extremadura.
One year has gone by since BRICKER got off the round and there was plenty to report on across all of the work packages. All the partners were able to report on their project efforts over the first year and the general conclusion was that BRICKER was drawing on a high-level of collaboration, performance and involvement within the transnational consortium, despite a large number of partners and the specificities of each demonstration site. In fact most of the technical decisions required during the first 24 months are now set to be taken by the 18 month stage, so generally we are off to a very good start.
The Turkish demonstration site – a university hospital managed by Adnan Menderes University – joined the project four months after the kick-off. Today the initial evaluation of the building to benefit from BRICKER solutions (including wall/roof insulation, ventilated façades, chillers and air-to-air heat exchangers) has been undertaken and completed. A change to the original material selected for the façades has had be made in view of seismic and wind load requirement in Turkey.
Most of the activities related to building modelling and simulation have been carried out at the demos sites although the Belgium and Spanish ones are at a more advanced stage. One of the main areas of work for the coming months will be operation strategies leading to design, commissioning and maintenance. Fed into this will be the results of the current monitoring activities designed to collate data on various energy items at the demo sites before renovation. Public tendering will take place over the second year, being organised at different periods according to both the equipment to be purchased and the site concerned.
The exploitation strand of BRICKER is primed as we await more data from the other deliverables. The General Assembly hosted the first of four exploitation workshops aimed at helping partners set out realistic roadmaps for market deployment of the future BRICKER solutions. The workshop included briefings on topics such as intellectual property or defining unique selling propositions, and exercises to fully engage the consortium in the drive to boost replication potential.
Contact: BRICKER D&C Secretariat: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BRICKER is coordinated by Acciona Infraestructuras S.A. and developed in cooperation with 17 other partners: Fundación CARTIF, CEMOSA S.A., EURAC, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Gobierno de Extremadura, Greencom SCRL, Onur Enerji, Ozyegin University, Purinova Sp.zo.o, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum of the Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Laterizi Gambettola SRL, Province de Liège, Fundación Tecnalia, Université de Liège, youris.com GEIE, Expander Tech S.L., Adnan Menderes University.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 60907