The Autonomous University of Barcelona succesfully held Local Conference

DIDSOLIT-PB

The Autonomous University of Barcelona succesfully held Local Conference

Casa de la Convalescència, c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 171 Barcelona, Spain

Wednesday, 15th January 2014

 

In the “Casa de Convalescència de l’Hospital de Sant Pau”, in a room with 100 people capacity, the project DIDSOLIT-PB was presented to local Spanish stakeholders. This strategic project, funded by the European Union through its ENPI CBCMED, aims to identify and install decentralized systems for the generation of solar energy in public buildings.

 


The event was chaired by Maite Masià, Director of the Catalan Institute of Energy (ICAEN), who began the proceedings by offering the Catalan Public Administration’s vision about the present and future regards renewable energy.

In continuation, Dr.Vergés, accompanied by his project team, gave an overview of the project, highlighting for the audience the progress made so far, both in terms of research on the solar technologies involved and the selection process of the buildings that will be used to pilot these systems. The project includes solar concentration technologies (CSP) such as Dish Stirling and Parabolic Trough for the generation of electricity and thermal Solar Cooling, as well as photovoltaic solutions to the building (BIPV). The project will install 264 kW in 7 Mediterranean regions participating in the project (Catalonia (Spain), Patras, Crete (Greece) Al Balqis, Irbid (Jordan), and Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh (Egypt)), involving an estimated number of 48 public buildings in the first phase of selection. Dr. Vergés also reminded those in the audience of the possibility of collaborating with DIDSOLIT-PB with the aim of incorporating opportunities for improvements in the current work.

After a short pause, a panel of expert guest speakers offered a series of persuasive, thought-provoking messages on the topic.

 

Xavier Martí Ragué, Head of European Programmes, MARIE Coordinator, Secretary of Housing and Urban Improvement in the Department of Planning and Sustainability for the Government of Catalonia, described how, from MARIE project management and in coordination with the Government of Catalonia, they are working so that the value of the capacity of this sector becomes capable of generating not only significant and measurable savings, but also around 14,000 jobs in Catalonia.


Dolors Clavell, lawyer and member of the Governing Council of SOMENERGIA, provided an overview on how the law is evolving, including the latest, incomprehensible proposal included in the Spanish Government’s Royal Decree for regulating the generation of decentralized energy. What she highlighted most was her conviction that we should not stop efforts made thus far because this new regulation is not sustainable. Finally, she urged stakeholders to be pro-active, reaffirming SOMENERGIA’s commitment to proposals that engage people’s sense of solidarity about energy issues and social responsibility, both collectively and individually.

Carles Riba, Director of the Centre for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI), underscored the imperative for investing in renewable energy and local energy generation. The reasons are clear: the costs involved in the current model based on fossil fuels are unsustainable. By 2050 the costs to Catalonia will rise to € 680.000M when, by investing only € 71.000M over 40,000 hectares, almost € 300,000M can be saved. Even more striking, he pointed out, is the southern European countries’ deep dependency on importing energy from abroad, despite the fact these countries are well-situated, geographically speaking, to be large exporters of solar energy.

Jaime Salom, Head of the Thermal Energy and Building Group (IREC), outlined what it means to be a Zero-energy building, explaining the different criteria and different technologies (photovoltaic, biomass, heat pumps, etc.) that can be applied, depending on the building’s geographic location.

Afterwards, Óscar Aceves, representing the Energy Efficiency Cluster of Catalonia and Manager of TFM, showed practical examples of installation facilities and the criteria to be weighed when deciding about the capacity to be installed, as well as the set of variables that must be considered in a project of this nature.

Near the end of the conference, Victor Almagro, Director Enersoft, was asked for his remarks: "The project represents an opportunity for the implementation of different types of solar installations that, though not yet found on the market, have strong development potential. Actions such as these open up new fields of activity for taking advantage of solar energy by SMEs, a sector especially hurt by recent legislative changes in Spain."

List of the speakers at the event:

- Maite Masià, Director of the Catalan Institute of Energy (ICAEN)

- BEG. Dr. Joaquim Vergés, Dra.Magda Cayón, Alex Parella, Silvia Mata, Joan Carles Almécija.

- Xavier Martí Ragué, Head of European Programs, Coordinator of MARIE, Secretary of Housing and Urban Improvement in the Department of Planning and Sustainability for the Government of Catalonia

- Dolors Clavell, lawyer and member of the Governing Council of SOMENERGIA

- Carles Riba, Director of the Centre for Industrial Equipment Design (CDE)

- Jaume Salom, Head of the Thermal Energy and Building Group (IREC)

- Óscar Aceves, representing the Energy Efficiency Cluster of Catalonia and Manager of TFM.



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