IDEAS are delighted to say that we have teamed up with another eight H2020 projects who are also investigating the area of integrating renewable energy technologies in buildings. To help us achieve efficiencies and to collaborate more deeply on our research we have formed a cluster called “Building Energy Horizons” BE HORIZONS. This will enable us to achieve valuable synergies at all levels of our work from technical to dissemination activities. These are other projects that are participating along with IDEAS in the BE HORIZON cluster:


GEO4CIVHIC project is aimed to develop and demonstrate easier to install and more efficient Ground Source Heat Exchangers, using innovative compact drilling machines tailored for the built environment and developing or adapting Heat Pumps and other hybrid solutions in combination with Renewable Energy Sources for retrofits through a holistic engineering and controls approach improving the return of investments. GEO4CIVHIC target is to accelerate the deployment of shallow geothermal systems for heating and cooling in retrofitting existing and historical buildings.

Hybrid BioVGE

Hybrid BioVGE Designing and demonstrating a highly integrated solar/biomass hybrid air conditioning system for space cooling and heating of residential and commercial buildings with improved efficiency and strong market potential

Making City

MAKING CITY A lighthouse project where innovative solutions of RES production, energy storage or smart control implemented on high performance buildings, are implemented at real scale to demonstrate that the Positive Energy District (PED) concept is a real solutions for transforming our cities into more sustainable places. The PED, as a district that produces more energy than consumes, generating a surplus that could be shared with other parts of the cities. Other aspects as energy flexibility and new business models for enhancing the energy sharing between different stakeholders are key aspects to optimize the PED and maximize the surplus produced


RE-COGNITION Combined applications of different Renewable Energy Technologies resulting in carbon-neutral buildings. The RE-COGNITION solution stands as an ICT integration framework, on-top of established and newly developed innovative Renewable Energy-based technologies, representing a highly inter-disciplinary concept for empowering the transition towards a renewable building landscape. This goes even a step further by setting the ambition towards zero-energy or even energy positive buildings, with emphasis on the small and medium-sized building stock in Europe.


RES4 BUILD will decarbonise energy consumption in buildings by developing integrated renewable energy-based solutions tailored to the needs and requirements of users and installers. It will improve the performance and reduce the costs, develop tools for simulation, sizing and control, making optimal use of integrated energy systems and the flexibility of consumption, while respecting the wishes of end-users. It will test and validate various solutions in different climates paving the way for bringing the solutions that are developed to the market using rigorous life-cycle assessments to measure their real impact, ensuring wide adoption.


SolBioRev Solar-Biomass Reversible energy system for covering a large share of energy needs in building. The core objective of the SolBio-Rev project is to combine promising renewable energy technologies based on solar, ambient and bioenergy, having at the core an innovative heat pump-based configuration and to allow the efficient application of this solution, without any geographical restriction at least in the EU.

SWS Heating

SWSHeating Development and Validation of an Innovative Solar Compact Selective-Water-Sorbent-Based Heating System. The SWS-HEATING project concept is to develop an innovative Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage (STES) unit with a novel sorbent storage material embedded in a compact multimodular sorption STES unit.


TRI-HP Development and demonstration of  TRI-generation systems based on electrically driven natural refrigerant Heat Pumps coupled with photo-voltaics, using cold (ice slurry), heat and electricity storage to provide heating, cooling and electricity to multi-family residential buildings with an on-site renewable share of 80% reducing the installation cost by 10-15%.