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UPJV is a multidisciplinary university which offers skills and competences from researchers and facilities in different fields of engineering and life science. UPJV has an international recognition as a high education and research university in fundamental and applied science as well as in humanities. Its R&D activities are supported by a dedicated office which acts as an interface to facilitate partnerships and provides support in securing funding and in knowledge and technology transfer.

UPJV is the lead partner of the SOLARISE project. In addition to its role of coordinator, UPJV contributes to several actions and activities:

· Simulation and Design of solar installations;
· Innovative solar technologies;
· Benchmarking;
· Smart grids, net-metering, ioT, EMS;
· Solar feasibility studies methodology;
· Feasibility study for a 3500 m2 rooftop solar PV on 3 UPJV’s buildings;
· Installation of an innovative solar living lab in a laboratory building at UPJV;
· Training;
· Solar transition plan.

Brighton & Hove City Council

Local authority serving 270 000 residents of Brighton & Hove on the south coast of the UK
Social Housing landlord to over 11 000 tenants and 4000 staff


  • Deliver an energy plan for Greater Brighton that better supports solar technology development across the city region
  • Provide local examples of the economic benefits of solar energy
  • Address fuel poverty within Brighton & Hove
  • Raise profile of solar energy at a UK level

Municipality of Middelburg

With 1200 monuments in the city centre, Middelburg is rich in historic buildings. The municipality developed a strategic plan to maintain and strengthen the historic core of the city and to be energy neutral by 2045.

Solar energy storage and sustainable transition through innovative solar applications is therefore one of our top priorities. With this project the Municipality aims to facilitate the large-scale deployment of solar electricity/heat generation in the region. This will done by demonstrating a series of innovative solar solutions on historical/public buildings and households. On top of that the municipality will organise tailored seminars and training seminars in order to accelerate solar adoption within the area. This project will bring together partners from business, academic and public sectors as well as citizens in order to stimulate change in the current situation.

Middelburg has a policy for the preservation of monuments which includes guidelines for insulating and installing solar panels. Solar panels may be placed on monuments and other historic properties, provided that they are not damaging historical material and are barely visible. One of the outputs of project SOLARISE is to provide a guide package about legislation, market, technologies and best practices in order to enhance the use of renewable energy sources.

Essentially the project helps drive CO2 savings, grid balancing and provide a means to reduce energy bills.


Middelkerke would like to provide PV-panels on the roof of an heritage building, being the barn of a heritage mill in Leffinge. The electricity that is ‘captured’ is to be used onsite (in the buildings) and also for charging points for bikes and cars.  It is also investigating whether the electricity can be used for the public lighting in the surrounded area of the quarter where the mill is situated.
Therefore, Middelkerke will have to work together with the distribution network operator Infrax.
Middelkerke signed the Covenant of Mayors and has goals to reach about energy efficiency and renewable energy production by 2020. This project contributes to achieving that goal.


The project contributes to the ambition of the municipality to reduce CO2 by 2030 and to share its experiences with his residents and other local and regional governments. In collaboration with the partners and with the extra funds Zoersel will not only achieve this goal, but also deliver a contribution to the further development of a cross-border and sustainable protection of the natural resources by using innovative techniques to achieve this ambition.
Zoersel already installed solar panels on public buildings. In this project, the challenge is to recoup solar power at a historical valuable building without affecting its view, its heritage values.
The municipality of Zoersel will build a new village hall in one of its suburbs. This new village hall borders a historic public building (pastorium). Due to the integration of this historic building into this construction project (i.e. the incorporation of this building into the construction of the new village hall – shared use of facilities) and the simultaneous renovation of this historic building, Zoersel wants to give this property a sustainable re-destination. At the present time, however, with the techniques currently available, it is not obvious to recoup solar power at a historical valuable building without affecting its view, its heritage values.
Together with the other partners and extra funds Zoersel hopes to bring this project to a good end by using innovative thermic solar roofing tiles, to be a source of inspiration for other governments (cross-border) and to contribute to the further development of solar energy use.

City of Fourmies

– Study solar feasibility on 10 municipal buildings (schools, gymnasium, city hall…)
– Invest in 3 solar installations on roofs
– Share experiences and learn from the 2 Seas region pilots


Heerhugowaard (NL) is a ‘new town’ with 56.000 residents, and is situated 40 km. north of Amsterdam. Its size is 3999 ha from which 1,59 km2 is water. Heerhugowaard is a polder.
As participant in the EU FP5 Suncity project: ‘Stad van de Zon’ (the first emission-neutral residential district in the world) Heerhugowaard is an early forerunner in energy transition.

At the moment, the most important sustainable projects are:
• solar park.
• ‘Waerdse Energie Circuit’: distribution system for residual heat between companies, including warmth collection in asphalt pavement.
• sustainable housing.
• world premiere: application of flexible solar cells in road guardrail.
• smart energy grid, improving balance supply /demand (solar) energy.
• development sustainable multimodal traffic node in railway station area.

Actions in the EU project:
– feasibility studies e.g. for schools without a gas connection.
– market analysis for alternative energy options in the view of the
– development of the local energy action plan in 2019.
– supply experience and other information as a contribution to goals of the other partners in the project



The University of Portsmouth (UoP) is a university in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. It offers a range of disciplines, from Pharmacy, International relations and politics, to Electronic Engineering, Paleontology, Criminology, Criminal Justice, among several others. The institution s divided into six faculties: Technology, Science, Business and Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Creative and Cultural Industries. It has 24,000 students and 2,600 members of staff.

UoP’s low-carbon future is reflected in initiatives including the management of the University’s energy consumption, recycling and waste management, a ‘green building challenge’, sustainable construction, a procurement code of practice and a travel plan.

Through its participation in SOLARISE, UoP has plans for a Living Lab demonstrating solar technologies comprising two buildings. The first building, known as Port-Eco-House, is a three-bedroom house located on campus that is dedicated to research on building performance, particularly in relation to energy usage. The house is equipped with monitoring systems that record variables that affect building performance. At present the Port-Eco-House is not equipped with solar panels or energy storage. SOLARISE will allow to equip the Port-Eco-House at UoP with solar panels, power conditioning, energy storage, energy management system, as well as monitoring equipment.

The second building is the Future Technologies Centre, a new £11 million building that was completed early in 2018. This building is already equipped with solar PV panels. SOLARISE will enable the installation of battery energy storage to complement the solar generation in the building, an energy management system, and monitoring equipment.