To achieve the energy transition in cities, energy performance of buildings must significantly increase. To this end, Positive Energy Blocks (PEB) can tackle this challenge at multiple scale. The concept of PEB consists of several buildings (new, retrofitted or both) that actively manage their energy consumption and the energy flow between them and the wider energy system. In those buildings, an optimal use is made of advanced materials, local renewable energy sources, smart grids and digital technologies to manage energy consumption.
From its early beginning, the concept of PEB has been actively designed and promoted by the ECTP E2B Committee. Among other examples in Europe, a lighthouse demonstration site of PEB, known as ‘Hikari’, has been developed in Lyon (France) and implemented in the framework of NEXT-Buildings, a European research project co-funded within the EeB PPP under FP7.
The concept of PEB is now fully recognised by the European Commission, with the objective to realise a large deployment of PEB in Europe by 2050. Thus, development of PEB constitutes the core topic of the ongoing Horizon 2020 Smart Cities & Communities call LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020. The selected projects (Innovation Action) will have to develop integrated innovative solutions for Positive Energy Blocks/Districts and to set up a test phase in lighthouse cities. It is expected that this topic will continue in 2020. With a budget of 83M€ for 2019, this call will also contribute to the specific objectives of the SET Plan action.
The call for project proposals is open for applications until 5 February 2019.
More details on the call available on the Participant Portal here.