Renewable Energy Sources for smart sustainable health Centers, University Education and other public buildings (RESCUE)

Interreg IPAII Croatia Serbia, project number HR-RS303
Start Date: 01.04.2019  End date: 30.09.2021.

Partners: Faculty of Technical Sciences (FTN), Novi Sad Serbia (lead), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science ad Information Technology (FERIT) Osijek, Machine Engineering Faculty (SFSB) Slavonski Brod, Croatia, Clinical Center of Vojvodina (KCV) Novi Sad Serbia, Clinical Hospital Center (KBCO) Osijek, Croatia
Total budget: 1.936.989,91 € (EU IPA II funding 1.646.411,40 €)
FERIT budget: 376.757,61 € (EU IPA II funding 320.243,96 €)-

Project co-ordinator: Prof Boris Dumnić PhD, FTN Novi Sad, Serbia
FERIT team co-ordinator: Prof Damir Šljivac PhD

FERIT team:  Prof Danijel Topić, Prof Goran Knežević, Prof Predrag Marić, Matej Žnidarec MEng (RESe), Prof Drago Žagar, Denis Vranješ, PhD,  Dario Došen MComp, Prof Tomislav Keser (IT&A), Prof Denis Pelin, Prof Zvonimir Klaić (vice-coordinator), Prof Krešimir Fekete, , Mario Primorac MEng Andrej Brandis MEng, Ružica Kljajić MEng  (PE, BEMS), Tihana Vajnand (admin.)

Project summary: 
The three key targets of EU 2020 climate and energy package are: 20% cut in greenhouse gases emissions (compared to 1990), 20% of EU energy from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and 20% improvement in Energy Efficiency (EE).  Usage of RES and EE measures in public buildings are important part in achieving these targets.  Region has diverse RES potential but the share of RES is far behind EU2020 goals. Even with new legislation, public’s inherited inertness and unawareness of benefits in improving RES usage and EE of existing public buildings still remains a major concern. 

Main goal of this project is therefore to demonstrate innovative RES and EE approach for public buildings in the cross-border region. FERIT and FTN gained substantial know-how in the field of RES by implementing small-scale RES on their public buildings through successful cooperation on bilateral projects aiming to establish common research and education frame in the cross-border region. This project will strengthen this cooperation and involve new partners - KCV, KBCO and SFSB. 

Within the RESCUE project we are aiming to promote the use of sustainable energy and energy efficiency in public buildings (specific objective 2.2), especially in public buildings with high energy demand. By introduction of RES based energy efficient smart Buildings Energy Management Systems (BEMS), RESCUE seeks to demonstrate sustainable, low-carbon solution for health centers and university education buildings, demonstrating applicability to other public buildings. 

Transferring know-how from university to healthcare a climate-smart solution will help reduce healthcare’s climate footprint and yield multiple benefits. This way health centers and university education public buildings are no longer exempt from playing an important role as an environmental leader in the region. All targeted groups will benefit from resulting knowledge transfer, workshops, publications, project conferences, printed and digital promotion material.

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