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Dutch manufacturing company in air treatment products is looking for a software developer with heat transfer knowhow in buildings for the development of a simulation tool on energy efficiency of buildings




A Dutch specialist in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling (HVAC) is looking for partners for technical collaboration to develop a simulation tool that can help to select the most energy-efficient and comfortable solution especially in renovation or transformation projects. They offer cooperation under a research or technical cooperation agreement or a services agreement. This profile refers to an online open innovation platform.


In the Netherlands, but also in other Western European countries, not only the demand for heating and cooling is changing due to climate change, but also the urgency of taking energy saving measures to cope with this demand. The amount of tropical days is increasing and keeping the indoor temperature in summer low is getting as important as heating in winter. It’s no longer useful to choose the heating and cooling system based on an average temperature, the installation has to be calculated based on temperature variation during the year, including energy consumption.

In contrast with energy consuming cooling solutions the Dutch company has developed a passive system, based on phase change material (PCM). This kind of ‘cooling accus’ with a phase changing (melting) temperature at 23 degrees Celsius can be applied in floors or ceilings. In periods of high temperature they can catch and store the heat and during low temperature periods, for example at the night, they can exchange their temperature with the air temperature. The breakthrough technology can save 50-70% of energy consumption.

To make it easy for installation advisors, architects and their clients to get insights in the effects of their choices on comfort, energy consumption, emissions and running costs, the company wants to develop a simulation tool. In the tool not only the performance of their PCM solution, but also of other solutions like screens, heat pump, air conditioning or breakthrough technologies should be simulated in certain kinds of residential behaviour scenarios.

Therefore the company is looking for a partner with technical expertise in creating software simulation tools in combination with knowledge of heating and cooling air flow in buildings. The company is open for different types of partnerships such as a research cooperation agreement or a technical cooperation agreement but a service agreement can be discussed also.

IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before the closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on October 2nd 2020.

Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the organizations with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: The Dutch company is looking for a partner with technical expertise in:
- software simulation tools
- working with climate simulation models
- thermal effects of heating and cooling on air flow
- calculating cost effects.
To develop or modify an existing simulation tool.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The type of partner looked for is an SME or start-up in engineering or software development, but it could also be an R&D department of a larger company.

The role of the partner should be the development of the tool that can be tested and applied by the Dutch company.

It would be interesting to come in contact with other manufacturers that want to implement their energy-saving air treatment solutions in the tool too.

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Building and Construction \ Energy \ Renewables
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Construction Technology / Construction engineering (design, simulation) / ENERGY / Energy efficiency / Energy management / ENERGY / Energy efficiency / Thermal insulation
ENERGY / Energy Conservation Related / Metering and monitoring


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