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The Sustainable Connected Home is a Smart Building Facility as a full scale living laboratory. It has an internal surface of about 32 square meters and it’s provided of integrated solar-biomass energy system.

The living laboratory is oriented to test innovative Energy and ICT technologies in a real environment.

The Sustainable Connected Home has four main design objectives:

  • Sustainable architecture; implementation of a vivid and specialized architecture that embodies particular sustainable principles, integrated into the landscape in an efficient and elegant way;
  • Smart energy system; use of natural and renewable sources for the energy supply of the home such as solar panels (thermal and photovoltaic), rainwater retention, biomass and windmills, mitigation of intermittent sources through thermal energy storages;
  • Information and communication technologies; integration of information and communication technologies to create a responsive system between users, architecture and energy systems;
  • Social sustainability; integration of the individual home with the community with a focus on the social aspects of sustainable living and the local economy.

ARES research unit has developed a hybrid and integrated technology able to provide electrical and thermal energy for heating, cooling and sanitary water. The energy system is based on renewable sources as the solar energy and biomass. The solar radiation will be converted through solar thermal collectors into thermal energy and photovoltaic modules into electrical energy. A biomass boiler will cogenerate electrical and thermal power by the integration of a Stirling engine. An energy storage system, based on micro porous zeolites – like material and adsorption and desorption reactions, will be integrated in the system and will provide mainly cooling on the hot season. The integrated approach has excluded problems such as stagnation temperatures on solar collectors, it has limited the request of energy from the grids (natural gas and electricity) and it has increased the overall efficiency of the system.

Responsible person: 
Luigi Crema, Guido Cicolini