Research Cooperation in Renewable Energy Technologies for Electricity Generation (REELCOOP)

Project Overview

School of Construction Management and Engineering as a key partner recently won a four-year project from the European Commission with a value of 7.5 million Euro. The project is being co-ordinated by Porto University from Portugal, and there are a total of fifteen partners.

In accordance with the EU SET-Plan approach of developing a European electricity grid able to integrate renewable and decentralised energy sources, the REELCOOP approach will develop:

1) Decentralised (distributed) building integrated PV systems (BIPV);

2) Solar Thermal (ST) micro-cogeneration systems;

3) Centralised generation of electricity in combined (hybrid) solar/biomass power plants.


The project aims to enhance research cooperation and knowledge innovation on renewable electricity generation across Mediterranean partner countries. The University of Reading will lead one of the three prototype system developments: decentralised electricity generation for new buildings or major refurbishments. The project aims to bring to the market energy efficient, renewable electricity generation systems, implemented both at micro (distributed) and large (centralised) scales in order to meet the EU target of 20% overall energy consumption from renewables.

Key Objectives

The University of Reading is responsible for co-ordinating work-packages relating to the development, design & construction of Prototype One (high efficiency and low cost BIPV). This will involve:

  • Designing a 6 kW PV system integrated in a ventilated façade;
  • Analysing heat transfer and airflow performance by computer simulations;
  • Experimentally assessing the performance of the Prototype One under different climatic conditions;
  • Assembling the prototype façade component for future installation and field-testing


1. University of Porto - Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) Portugal

2. University of Reading (UoR) UK

3. German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Germany

4. University of Evora (UoE) Portugal

5. Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) Spain

6. École National d'Ingénieurs de Tunis (ENIT) Tunisia

7. Maroccan Institut de Recherche en Energie Solarie et Energies Nouvelles (IRESEN) Marocco

8. Yaşar University (YU) Turkey

9. Onyx Solar (Onyx) Spain

10. MCG Solar (MCG) Portugal

11. Termocycle (Termo) Poland

12. Soltigua (Sol) Italy

13. Zuccato Energia (ZE) Italy

14. Advanced Energy Systems (AES) Tunisia

15. Centre de Développement des Energies Renouvelables (CDER) Algeria

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