Microgeneration in Sensitive Urban Environments
The principal objective of this avenue of research is to study the
technological and economic viability of integrated systems in order
to optimize energy production. A pilot unit is thus proposed,
composed of solar panels, a mini wind turbine and a fuel cell, to
study its viability in terms of production, storage and energy
The integration of systems will allow the re-direction of excess
solar or wind energy to an electrolizer for the production of
hydrogen. In addition, the study and design of a system is predicted
that will maximize solar panel output through panel cooling while
re-utilizing the energy for fluid heating.
Optimization of these units will allow for multiple endpoints
associated with energy consumption in the form of electricity,
hydrogen and sanitary water and space heating. The multiple valences
associated with a reduced size will allow easy integration into
sensitive urban environments, in decentralized installations and
close to consumption location, thus complementing traditional
In fact, betting on the promotion of renewable energies and on their
widespread utilization, real impact on the economy can be achieved.
Moura’s Vertical Gardens – Very Sensiitive Urban Environment
Moura Technological Park – Reinforcement of Management Structure
Moura Technological Park (MTP) is a center of regional dynamics in
the areas of R&D, technology and innovation, creation of enterprises
and qualified jobs, and economical renovation.
Following European, National and Regional strategies, this operation
is based on the creation of the following intervention items:
- Support mechanism for the development of enterprises;
- Support system for innovation and modernization of enterprises and
of training programs;
- Support system for internationalization and cooperation of
- Definition of a promotion and advertising system of MTP, and
installation incentives for enterprises;
- Communication system for data sharing among enterprises;
- R&D unit for development and technology transfer between MTP
enterprises and national and international entities;
- Innovative space management system;
- Auspicious conditions for regional investment and the creation of
This project is thus a mobilizing mechanism designed to create a
cluster of innovation and technology in Moura and within the domain
of renewable energies.
Photovoltaic Plant in Moura, Alentejo, Portugal
Zero Emissions Building – Solar Energy Research Laboratory
Inserted in an 897.85 m² area and with a constructed area of 883.45
m², the Moura Zero Emissions Building will house the Solar Energy
The building consists entirely of one ground floor, at constant
height from the ground but with variations in ceiling height. This
design is associated with the need to a) install mounting structures
for photovoltaic panels and b) guarantee appropriate ceiling height
for the specific Laboratory activities related to solar module
certification and solar energy research.
Its unusual geometrical configuration is the result of the building
premise which requires that one of its walls rigorously face South
in order to maximize both walls where photovoltaic panels are
With an investment of 825 000€, this building is progressively
becoming operational in 2011.
Final construction should be completed by early 2012.
Last updated: 06/03/2011