Noi Techpark organizes enertour for the first time in Klimahouse: guided tours by EURAC researchers to the laboratories in the Alto Adige technology park.
It will be a truly unique experience of its kind, to come into direct contact with structures and laboratories that are normally not open to visitors, and where very specific situations are studied. An example? terraXcube, able to reproduce all the climates of the planet, from 0 to 9 thousand meters of altitude. But also the lab where new photovoltaic modules are tested, the effects of accelerated aging on the facades are studied, the dynamics of district heating are recreated. In other words: the opportunity to visit and discover the secrets of cutting-edge laboratories worldwide. All with a “green” look, well aware of sustainability.
Great merit then goes to Noi Techpark, which with the enertour project opens the doors of experimentation during the first three days of Klimahouse, from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 January. From 9.30 to 12 of the first three days of the event, companies and professionals can visit, booking online, the brand new laboratories hosted by NOI Techpark. To enrich the already great occasion, there will be the invaluable help of the researchers of the Institute for Renewable Energies of EURAC Research, ready to explain how – for example – the thermal performances of door and window frames and façade modules are tested, as it occurs what is the yield of a photovoltaic panel, how much energy produces a system that integrates photovoltaic modules and much more. The know-how of researchers allows to better support companies, industrial partners, designers and managers of buildings in the development, in the performance characterization and in the optimization of both innovative building components and systems, as well as constructive and architectural solutions with a cost / optimal benefits. As anticipated, there are numerous laboratories that can be visited. The aforementioned terraXcube, a research infrastructure inaugurated at the end of November. allows to carry out environmental tests to study the close relationship between environmental stress factors and human and nature responses, as well as the effects of these conditions on the performance of materials and products. The main areas of research involved are mountain emergency medicine and alpine ecology. terraXcube also offers a wide range of tests for the industry, in particular in the automotive, UAV, textile and agricultural sectors. Furthermore, Multifunctional facade lab, laboratory for the performance characterization of multifunctional facades. The tests are carried out in a structure called “calorimeter” and consists of two chambers where values of temperature, humidity, solar irradiation (through a continuous light solar simulator) and air velocity that simulate the internal environment are reproduced (in one of the two chambers) and the external one (in the other chamber), thus simulating the real operation context of the sample under analysis. Also of great interest is the Pv integration lab, which allows to characterize in real conditions the electrical performance of photovoltaic modules and systems in open field and integrated into architectural structures, test systems connected to storage systems and verify the impact on electricity grids. Just as the Solar Pv Lab offers a solar simulator for photovoltaic modules that reproduces the solar spectrum accurately measuring electrical performance. It allows to verify the performances guaranteed by the manufacturer and to compare the yield of different technologies by subjecting them to the same conditions of use, controlled and repeatable. Accelerated life testing lab, on the other hand, is the climatic chamber for accelerated aging tests. Simulating accelerated life cycles allows to evaluate the degradation of the performance of industrial products such as photovoltaic modules, plastics and electronic components. Cycles include controlled temperature and humidity conditions and temperatures from -40 ° C to + 90 ° C and relative humidity from 20% to 95% can be reproduced. Another example of laboratory is the Energy exchange lab: an infrastructure for testing advanced district heating and cooling systems that allows testing in traditional conditions and new generation systems, reproducing the functioning on a small scale. The tours to the laboratories are carried out by coach with departure and return to the Bolzano / Klimahouse 2019 exhibition.