Description

The eco-efficient building in which the WT is going to be integrated, was funded by the EU using FEDER funds, within the framework of the University of Zaragoza’s 2006-2012 Infrastructure Plan, and co-financed by the Aragon Regional Government. The building is located in Rio Ebro Campus in Zaragoza. This area brings together different Centres and Institutes of the University of Zaragoza as well as other research organizations, which constitute a place of reference in the Aragon region.

The building itself is a R+D+i laboratory aiming to lay out the most advanced scientific-technological foundations worldwide in the development of Zero Emissions Constructions. It integrates techniques involving bioconstruction, energy saving, water, renewable energy and materials, thus obtaining the greatest possible efficiency with the resources available, without compromising thermal comfort.

This building houses the Renewable Energy Integration Lab which performs R+D+I activities in in the field of connection to the electric grid of renewable generation systems, storage and micro-grids, as well as developing applications to improve grid quality and electric vehicle charging.

Technical sheet

  • City Population: 701.887 inhabitants
  • City Area: 395 km2
  • Demo Neigbourhood: Rio Ebro Campus.
  • Climate: Continental Mediterranean
  • Use: Bussines, commerce, tourism, residential.

Main drivers to join SWIP

The city of Zaragoza is an excellent place regarding wind resource and its exploitation. The wind blows intensely and continuosly in this city, with an annual average speed of 19 km/h at 20 m of height. Spring and summer are the most windy seasons but it is also interesting to highlight that in summer there is a big amount of resource as well (for instance 19,4 km/h in July) that manifests the continuous disposal of this resource. The new building constitutes a suitable environment for the integration of RES, mainly small wind energy, as it is on the scope of the project and building concept itself. The new building will be an example of zero energy building, which aims to be highly replicable among Europe and worldwide by means of standard construction methodologies for these kind of buildings.

Performance within SWIP

The demonstration of SWIP in Zaragoza will represent the integration of an 3-4 kW horizontal axis wind turbine in a zeroenergy- building placed in an urban district within a university campus. The aim of this demonstration is showing a design integrated in the building infrastructure, which does not suppose a negative impact regarding the aesthetical environment where it is placed, including the following solutions to be tested in a real scenario:

  • New horizontal axis blades design
  • New costless PM generator
  • Aesthetic solutions for the integration of SWTs into urban buildings
  • Noise and vibration reduction solutions and elimination of vibration transmission into the building structure.
  • Integration of the SCADA system and control for integration into buildings
  • Wind resource assessment software validation

SWIP Replication potential

Zaragoza’s weather is very common in most parts of north and center Europe so that, this demo-site is very representative regarding wind resource. Furthermore, setting the emplacement of the WT whitin a university district is a good way to begin with its integration in urban areas, preparing them for a future jump to the city center neighbourhoods. Replicability is at the core of both SWIP project, enhancing the potential for future implementation into urban areas.

Pilot targets

The main target within Zaragoza demonstrator is to install and monitor the performance of the new small wind turbine developed in the framework of SWIP project, and compare real operation with the theoretical goals expected. Moreover, as a long wind resource assessment campaign has been carried out in the location, the new methodology for wind resource assessment in urban areas will be tested here, in order to improve and depurate it during the project execution.