Research

Research and innovation for a sustainable future. Cycleco is involved in many scientific studies.


 BIPV Boost (building-integrated photovoltaics)

The projet aims at implementing both short-term and medium-term cost reduction roadmaps along the BIPV value chain, while developing high-efficiency multifunctional energy-producing construction materials. The emphasis is put on standardisation and regulatory compliance to allow for fast market uptake. To achieve this, the project is designing a flexible and automated BIPV systems manufacturing line. It also provides energy management tools that optimally address the operational needs of the systems. This digital approach provides the means for advanced standardisation activities and significant BIPV systems cost reductions. BIPV Boost includes a multidisciplinary team of nineteen partners from seven European countries. The consortium involves key industrial and research partners including architects, BIPV/roof/façade systems design software developers and manufacturers, certification bodies, building contractors and owners. A valuable pool of experts in energy management, business model, communication and product ecodesign/environmental footprint also bring their contribution to the works.


  CPVMatch (high-concentration photovoltaics)

CPVMatch is a collaborative European Research & Innovation Programme project pertaining to high-concentration photovoltaic cells and modules. The project ambitions to develop new technologies allowing: a) the development of ≥ 800x concentration level multijunction solar cells and modules; b) an efficiency of respectively 48% and 40% thanks to the use of novel low-environmental-impact materials and processes; c) Europe to be a leader in this area. The project tackles solar cells and modules’ manufacture (i.e. production equipment, materials and techniques) for a prompt industrial implementation throughout the entire value chain. This includes the development of: a) novel four-junction solar cells  which solar spectrum reaches an efficiency of 48% thanks to the use of advanced materials and processes; b) multi-junction solar cells combining low-cost process and high-efficiency potential and comprising nanostructured coatings obtained by stacking III-V and IV elements; c) innovative Fresnel lens-based and mirror-based high-concentration modules. Cycleco was entrusted with the LCA-related batch no.6 of the project: screening of the system under study, data collection, ISO 14040-14044/ILCD handbook-compliant life cycle assessment and costing.


 H-house (innovative building envelope)

H-house is a collaborative European research project pertaining to the development of new construction materials combined with a healthier indoor environment. The human health and life cycle assessment work package was handed over to Cycleco. The consortium comprises twelve partners including three research centres and nine key industry stakeholders. In the end, the project shall produce a building envelope (interior and exterior walls) that is: a) able to prevent winter heat loss and summer overheating, b) environmentally-friendly while ensuring a high level of living comfort, c) soundproof and moisture-resistant.


 I3E (eco-friendly renovation/reconstruction scenarios)

Investigating, taking possession of all potential environmental/economic/energy-related solutions beforehand… I3E sprang from the need for decision-makers to have an operating process and a tool making the activity of renovation/reconstruction more accessible. The top most-industry-relevant indicators were scrutinized: global cost, non-renewable primary energy consumption, climate change, fine particle emissions and marine eutrophication. I3E provides renovation stakeholders with an appropriate and tailored-to-their need assessment method. Appropriate because it takes all criteria into account, because it prevents impact transfers and because it rests on a sound, universal LCA-best-practices foundation. Tailored because intended for immediate use by construction industry protagonists: the large number of reproducible scenarios and the presence of reference data both make it possible to rapidly characterize whatever most common renovation project, at a time when resources and time are often scarce.


 Inspire (building renovation packages)

Inspire is a European project bringing together twenty-four partners from the world of R&D, industry, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations across nine work packages. iNSPiRe broaches the issue of high-energy-consumption by producing systemic renovation packages for residential and tertiary buildings, reducing building primary energy consumption to less than 50 kWh/m2/year. Cycleco is responsible for the Life Cycle Assessment of the systemic renovation packages which will conform to a great variety of climates as well as ensure optimum comfort for building users.


 Wind (French wind power)

France’s government targeting a renewable-based electric mix approaching 27% in 2020 and 40% in 2030, wind power will soon play an important part in final energy consumption. Quantifying wind energy industry’s environmental impact on the environment (effects on air, soil and water), making an inventory of primary resources mankind has recourse to (as well as the pressure exerted on them), and weighing the quantity of waste generated is therefore strictly needed. Wind is a study conducted by Cycleco on behalf of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. Numerous industrialists (designers, manufacturers and operators) collaborated on the project, making it possible to assess the impact of the country’s present onshore and envisaged offshore wind power installations.


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