Welcome to the hybrid GEOTABS September 2017 newsletter
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Welcome to the hybrid GEOTABS September 2017 newsletter

Our second newsletter introduces our new website, our Symposium on October 4th, reports on building visits, project progress, papers, publications and events.

We are organising the Advanced Thermal Energy Solutions for High Performance Buildings Symposium on October 4th 2017 (0830-1400 CEST), hosted by Boydens at Solarwind, Windhof, Luxembourg.  This should be an exciting event with breakout sessions and opportunities to discuss concepts with EU researchers and innovators.  Focusing on Model Predictive Control and Innovative System Integration of GEOTABS in hybrid Low Grade Thermal Energy Systems.
We have many partners presenting their progress, with pitch sessions for specialist topics.

Speakers include: Jelle Laverge (Ghent University), Wim Boydens (Boydens Engineering), Bjarne Olesen (DTU & Ashrae), Wouter Marken von Lichtenbelt (University of Maastricht), Damien Picard & Lieve Helsen (KU Leuven), Thomas Nowak (EHPA). 
PITCH SESSIONS such as: MPCs, PCMs dew point cooling and other innovations.

Location: SOLARWIND  11-13 Rue de l’Industrie 8399 Windhof (Luxembourg)
Please Register here before September 20th
The event is free of charge.
However cancellations after September 29th, or without notice will be charged 50 €

We have some more members and welcome them on board:
REHVA: Tiziana Buso
Boydens: Lien de Backer
KU Leuven: Damien Picard and Filip Jorissen
Climate Futures: Liz Ellston
Project Progress
Team members visits, incl. Ter Potterie (r):
Demo buildings
Libeznice school, Czech republic - April 11th
Ter Potterie care home, Belgium - May 4th
Solarwind office, Luxembourg - May 5th
Case-study buildings
Haus M residential, Switzerland - May 15th
The visits were attended by team members, reviewing the systems in each building typology, as well as occupants' feedback
Technical developments:
  • Progress with Revit and BIM modelling of the demo buildings are being carried out, Infrax modelling is completed and RBC data collection is being arranged
  • Haus-M emulator model progressing, including data classification for modelling the building envelope
  • UGent is investigating a different approach for the design calculations of the baseload covered by the TABS-system
Conferences and meetings:
  • GEOTER participated, as a sponsor, in the V Congress of Geothermal Energy in Building and Industry, GeoEner 2017 in Madrid on 26th April 2017, distributing leaflets on hybridGEOTABS
  • KU Leuven along with Boydens attended the Heat Pump Conference, held in Rotterdam
  • Frankfurt kick-off Meeting was held in May to confirm a redline of the rest of the work and a guideline for next-step technical deliverables/development
  • REHVA attended Sustainable Energy Week, EUSEW17,  in June,  providing information and promotion of hybridGEOTABS and  REHVA's GEOTABS Guidebook No.20
  • Lieve Helsen took the lead on the Task 1.2 of the IBPSA Project 1 concerning the development of a Modelica MPC Library for Building Simulation. This parallel project has common background with the hybridGEOTABS project establishing further connections.  BSPSA17
  • BSPSA21 (Bruges) announced - Three of the Organising Committee Members are hybridGEOTABS partners KU Leuven, UGent, Boydens Engineering
  • Damien Picard,  Ján Drgona, Michal Kvasnica and Lieve Helsen from KU Leuven have a paper accepted on Testing the use of JModelica for MPC (which allows non-linear MPC)
  • in the Energy and Buildings Journal, 152 (2017), p739-751 (Elsevier) 1 October 2017
    "Impact of the controller model complexity on model predictive control performance for buildings" Energy and Buildings Journal
  • Qian Wang and Suleyman Dag from Uponor have developed their conference paper covering WP6. Deliverable D6.1. The paper will be presented at the Cold Climate HVAC 2018 Conference. CCHVAC 2018 investigating the conceptual framework of business models (BM) for model predictive control (MPC)-based geothermal Thermally Active Building System (Geo-TABS).  Now under review, and a final version will be published in Spring 2018 after the conference
New Website Launch
We have been working on the website over the last few months and are proud to see it launched. It visualises and describes the technology, explains the objectives and work programme of the research project and introduces the team behind the work being carried out.
We also have a demo page showing all four typologies of building: school, residential, care home and offices being tested with the hybrid MPC GEOTABS system. We feature one of these below: Ter Potterie Care Home in Bruges.
As results from the tests and studies come in, we shall add these to the website as an ongoing and developing site, providing information and contacts for professionals, end-users and occupants alike.

TER POTTERIE is a care home in Bruges, Belgium, completed in May 2016. 

It consists of 121 rooms, nursing stations, living room/lounge areas, bathrooms and storage areas, surrounding a central garden area. Space heating is delivered by a geothermal system linked to a heat pump.

Conditioned floor area: 10,000 m² (area that is heated and or cooled)

The main heating system via geothermal heat pump (186 kWth) with secondary heating via condensing boiler (580 kWth), it uses passive cooling via CCA (260 kWth) and electricity via photovoltaics (82 kWp roof tiles)

Sept 7th - Zaventem

Warmtepompplatform & Smart Geotherm Symposium (Dutch)

Prof. Lieve Helsen will present the interaction between research and practice, where hybrid MPC GEOTABS  will be discussed 


Oct 4th - Solarwind, Windhof

Advanced Thermal Energy Solutions for High Performance Buildings

Concepts and Inspiration Session with EU Researchers and Innovators.  Meet with policy makers, researchers, architects, developers, engineers and contractors
Register using this link
hybridGEOTABS brings together a trans-disciplinary team of SMEs, large industry and research institutes, experienced in research and application of design and control systems in the combined building and energy world
What are GEOTABS?
An innovative clean technology for energy efficient and healthy buildings combining thermally activated building system (TABS), a ground heat exchanger and heat pump in between both systems (GEOTABS). The radiant heating and cooling system has proven to be one of the most comfortable ways to condition indoor spaces, especially multi-storey offices.
Get Involved
We are an active new network for hybridGEOTABS developers, engineers & academics with a common interest in optimising coupled geothermal heat pumps (GEO-HP) and thermally activated building systems (TABS) - alongside secondary heating & cooling systems. Please join the conversation through our social media channels.
Funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme: project number 723649 (proposal name “MPC-;GT”)
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