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Prof. Dr. Dirk Müller
Prof. Dr. Markus Kuhnhenne
Faculty / Institution:
Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.09.2017 to 30.11.2021
EU contribution:
5.993.466,25 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768735.  


PLUG-N-play passive and active multi-modal energy HARVESTing systems, circular economy by design, with high replicability for Self-sufficient Districts Near-Zero Buildings


Conventional Retrofitting (CR) can result in high energy use reductions at the expense of high installation costs and, usually, without being able to directly perform harvesting from Renewable Energy Sources (RES). Building Automation (BA) systems, as compared to CR, can result in medium energy use reductions and in low or medium harvesting from RES at the expense of medium installation costs and medium operational costs. Recently, the concept of Adaptable/Dynamic Building Envelopes (ADBE) - such as Multifunctional Façade Modules - has been proposed towards overcoming many of the shortcomings of CR and BA. ADBE systems can result in high energy use reductions and high harvesting from RES at the expense of medium-to-high installation costs and medium operational costs. The main strategic goal of the PLUG-N-HARVEST proposal is to design, develop, demonstrate and exploit a new modular, plug-n-play concept/product for ADBE - deployable to both residential and non-residential buildings - which is able to provide high (maximum possible) energy use reductions and high (maximum possible) energy harvesting from RES both at the single-building and the district scale while requiring medium-to-low installation costs and almost-zero operational costs.


  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis, Greece (Coordinator)
  • Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • ALUMIL, Biomichania Alouminioy Anonimi Etairia, Greece
  • AIGUASOL – Sistemes Avançats d'Energia Solar Tèrmica, Spain
  • Odin Solutions S.L., Spain
  • Siemens Srl, Romania
  • ETRA Investigación y Desarrollo S.A., Spain
  • Energy Transitions Ltd., United Kingdom
  • Eco Intelligent Growth, S.L., Spain
  • Agència de l'Habitatge de Catalunya, Spain
  • Periferia Dytikhs Makedonias, Greece
  • County Council of the City and County of Cardiff, United Kingdom