The Building Energy and Environment Group (BEE Group) is an autonomous department of the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) involving over 20 researchers (Physics, Engineering, ICT, Environmental Science and Statistics specialists). It was founded in 2001 and has two main offices, one in the GAIA building of the UPC Campus in Terrassa and the other in the CREA building of the University of Lleida.
BEE Group meets the challenge of employing our knowledge and experience to help users to get the best possible use out of the energy that they consume.
Our R&D activities are focused on:
Developing better building energy management by improving precision, providing faster response, setting up adaptive and predictive control and making buildings more responsive to users’ requirements and wishes.
Making energy data more useful to professionals and companies by reducing cost and increasing applicability and reliability through Big Data Analytics, personalized energy services and adaptive visual interfaces and mobile applications.
Making energy data more friendly to building users by selecting the most relevant information, by making control more appropriate and by personalising the experience.
We scout the science world looking for knowledge and inspiration
The BEE Group collaborates with national and international companies and institutions. As BEE Group, we understand that the goals and challenges we face could be achieved better if companies that are sensitive to the needs of society and researchers who develop cutting-edge innovations work together.
Research Centers and Universities
Upc, University Of Lleida, University Of Granada, De Monfort University, University Of Belgrade, TUW, Bdigital, Bsc, Irec, Eupv-Eh, Joint Research Center, Ciemat. Instituto Eduardo Torroja De La Construcción, Aicia, Grupo Termotecnia-University Of Sevilla, Corporación De Desarollo Tecnológico (Chile), Facultad De Ingenieria De La Universidad Mayor De San Andres De La Paz (Bolivia), Universitat Rovira I Virgili. University of Modena, Institut Tecnològic De Lleida, Nkua (Greece), Nobatek (France), Eurac, Universidad De Málaga. Departamento De Máquinas Y Motores Térmicos, Technology Energy Building Environment Of Politecnico Di Torino, Politecnico Di Torino, Escola Sert, Zafh, Dtu-Department Of Applied Mathematics And Computer Science, Universitat De La Salle
Icaen, Departament De Territori i Sostenibilitat, Reggio Emilia City Council, Manresa City Council, Lleida City Council, Diputació De Lleida, Cilma, Diputació De Girona, Alem, Eve, Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Giz) Gmbh, Fundació Tarraco, Gtz, Municipality Of Bar (Montenegro), Apse-University Of Lleida.
In Lleida we manage an experimental facility for testing of Ventilated Double Skin PV (VDSPV) façades.
LOT (Lleida Outdoor Test)
Is an isolated booth provided by a type of VDSPV façade structure and a climatic control system and air capturing, it is used for performing VDSPV façade testing in real scale and weather conditions.
TRE-L (Test Reference Environment – Lleida)
Is composed by three elements used for performing PV module testing under different stress environmental conditions.
Main objective of the test facility
The Lleida Outdoor Test cell (LOT) is a full-scale test facility for the comprehensive study of the energy performance of ventilated double skin facades in outdoor conditions. High quality data sets from the tests may be used for evaluation and modelling purposes. The installation allows for the analysis of the effect of the air gap width, air flow regimes and materials of the façade. It is also prepared for the detailed analysis of double skin integrated PV systems and their with HVAC systems. The façade may operate under natural and forced ventilation and the effect over the building is measured in a well-controlled test cell.
CIMNE Building Energy and Environment Group
GAIA Building (TR14) Campus Terrassa
Rbla. Sant Nebridi, 22 – 08222 Terrassa (Barcelona)
Tel: +34 937 398 969
CIMNE-BEE Group Lleida
Pere de Cabrera, 16, 2G – 25002 Lleida
Tel: +34 873 991 354 / +34 873 991 737