CE-SEA – Community Energy from Solar Envelope Architecture

Project Summary

CE-SEA is a R&D project for the development of an energy efficient modular façade system incorporating two innovative elements (CoPEG & HyPVT) which enable cost-effective building integrated heat and power generation to decarbonise community energy consumption.

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CE-SEA addresses architectural and engineering challenges of utilising façade envelopes as cost- effective community heat and power resources to decarbonise energy consumption.The project will exploit a unique combination of Northern Irish renewables innovations to support green building architecture whilst strengthening existing industrial-academic partnerships.


Introduces Two New Technologies - HyPVT (Hybrid PhotoVoltaic Thermal diode panel) and CoPEG (Concentrating Photovoltaic Evacuated Glazing). Multifunctional façade glazing element for Solar electricity Solar heat Daylight control Insulation


Decarbonise energy use by enabling >75% renewable energy share in the annual consumption of heat and electricity for buildings which feature energy envelopes.
Achieve 80% typical reduction in fossil fuel reliance within the Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES) to the buildings.
Reduce heat demand by 30% and grid electricity demand for lighting, appliances and cooling by 66 % in multifamily residential buildings.

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