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CENER takes part in the European project EXCESS, whose aim is to show that it is possible to transform nearly-zero energy buildings into positive energy buildings. This means that a building which is producing the majority of the renewable energy it uses itself, after refurbishment will be producing more energy than it actually needs. The project will work with 4 demonstration sites located in Espoo (Finland), Hasselt (Belgium), Graz (Austria) y Granada (Spain), covering the 4 main EU climatic zones.

The project is going to advance technical developments for positive energy building components to address specific climate-related needs in order to meet the PEB requirements. Next to technological advancements, the integration of technologies is key in EXCESS. It is used for upgrading single technologies to be part of a larger system, enabling also local trading of energy. EXCESS will promote a user-centric approach, and will capitalise on new Information and communications technology opportunities, for optimising the interplay of local generation, storage, consumption at the building and district level.

This R&D project on Energy Efficient Buildings has a budget over 9 M€ and is co-financed by the European Commission of the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (contract nº 870157).

The project started on September 2019 and will last four years. The EXCESS consortium is composed by 21 partners (5 research and techonolgical institutions, 4 SMEs and 12 industrial partners) from 8 different countries and is coordinated by JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria.

The Spanish partners in this project are, apart from CENER as coordinator of the Spanish building pilot: URB atelier, TRYCSA and the Andalusian Energy Agency.

For more information about EXCESS:


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement

№ 870157.

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