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ZERO: Energy Efficiency & Renewables Laboratory
Research Activities

LabZERO is a multidisciplinary laboratory to enable strategic cooperation with enterprises and promote multidisciplinary research for the development of innovative technologies in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in both urban and industrial sectors. Research and experimentation activities in LabZERO make use of simulation tools and technologically advanced equipment, in order to reduce the risks of applied research and support product innovation in the path “from concept to market”. The laboratory provides innovative solutions for fast prototyping, for the certification of materials and the development of complex systems, in the fields of energy efficiency, energy conservation, sustainable manufacturing, smart grids and smart cities.

LabZERO activities are based on the coordinated work of four research units: three units at the Politecnico di Bari (DEI, DMMM, DICAR), and one at the ENEA Research Center in Brindisi. The Lab is part of the Apulian network for the applied research fostered by “Regione Puglia” and aims to the integration with other R&D networks and industrial clusters. A main strength of the LabZERO is the collaboration with entities of different nature. In fact, LabZERO works in close cooperation with about forty stakeholders such as industrial developers, public territorial bodies, public administrations and Municipalities, and relevant research actors.
The main research activities of LabZERO concern:

  • Fast prototyping of electro-mechanical equipment and devices for smart city and home automation
  • Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) applications
  • Prototyping and testing of components for smart grids and microgrids
  • Medium and low voltage distribution automation
  • Advanced protection systems
  • Electrical Vehicles infrastructures, smart charging and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)
  • Design and test of micro wind turbines
  • Sustainable manufacturing, de-manufacturing by cryogenics and recycling of waste of electric and electronic equipment (WEEE)
  • High performance building material characterization
  • Non-destructive tests for the mechanical characterization of materials and structures
  • Smart materials and devices for the thermoelectric generation from waste heat or solar energy
  • Solar heating & cooling
  • Industry 4.0
  • Smart Manufacturing & Smart Farming
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Companies and Institutions
Washington State University
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL
Retegas Bari S.p.A.
Blue H R&D SRL
CNA Bari
Comune di Bari
Comune di Bitetto
Comune di Capurso
Comune di Cellamare
Comune di Margherita di Savoia
Comune di Polignano a Mare
Costellazione Apulia
Confindustria Puglia
Dyrecta Lab S.r.l.
EV Charging
Mediterranean Design Network S.r.l.
Nomisma Energia
Città Metropolitana di Bari
Provincia di Taranto
ReEnergy Projects 1 S.r.l
STC S.r.l
Tera S.r.l.
UPI Puglia
Fincons S.p.A.
ALI6 S.r.l.
EMI S.r.l.
Garofoli S.p.A.
GEM ICT – Research & development S.r.l.
Ginex Gaetano
SIC Divisione Elettronica S.r.l.
Comune di Palo del Colle (BA)
Confindustria Brindisi
Niteko S.r.l.
Applica Iot S.r.l.
Dgs S.p.A.
Elfim S.r.l.
Italian Cutting System S.r.l. (ICS)
So.Co.In. / System S.r.l.
Centro di Ricerche Europeo di Tecnologie Design e Materiali (CETMA)
Kad3 S.r.l.
InResLab S.c.a.r.l.
Università di Genova
Università di Bari
ARPA Puglia
PUDA Società Cooperativa A.R.L.
G.M.T. S.P.A.
Snam S.P.A.
Università degli Studi di Palermo
NIR S.r.l.
e-distribuzione S.p.A.
FESR-FSE 2014-2020 Azione 1.4 “E-Park - Microgrid Parking: Parcheggio intelligente per la Smart City” – Avviso pubblico “Innolabs”, cod. NGFKLZ2.
Technical scientific agreement with SNAM S.p.A. for the development of a model aimed to remove intra-zonal congestions of the transmission network
Technical scientific agreement with Università degli Studi di Palermo about feasibility studies aimed at designing of microgrids concerning BLORIN project.
Technical scientific agreement with e-distribuzione S.p.A. for the development of integrated storage and microgrid controllers in minor Italian islands for ISMI project.
Technical scientific agreement with Next Intelligence Research (N.I.R) S.r.l. for designing and testing of components for distribution systems and of intelligent management devices.
H2020 -LCE-04-2017 – Project CTN02_00018_9856993 “Living grid”.
H2020-LCE-2017-SGS – Project 773406 “Optimal System-Mix Of flexibility Solutions for European electricity – OSMOSE”.
FESR-FSE 2014-2020 Action 1.6 – “Integrated system for lighting and urban mobility services - EMERA", INNONETWORK 2017 – Puglia Region, cod. QCXK671.
Technical scientific agreement with Università degli Studi di Bari and ARPA Puglia for research and consulting activities in efficiency and energy saving for a technological park (“Technopolis”).
ENERGY ROUTER – “Energy Router e Strumenti di Controllo Cloud per Smart Grid”, financed by Puglia Region within the call “Aiuti a Sostegno dei Cluster Tecnologici Regionali”, cod. HX8HXI1.
“Smart industrial energy district nel polo industriale di Brindisi”.
FESR-FSE 2014-2020 Azione 1.4, “E-Park” project - 211 k€.
SNAM S.p.A., technical agreement - 90.8 k€.
Università degli Studi di Palermo”, technical agreement for “BLORIN” project - 50 k€.
e-distribuzione S.p.A., technical agreement for “ISMI” project - 150 k€
N.I.R. S.r.l., technical agreement - 845 k€.
H2020 -LCE-04-2017, “Living grid” project - 19.5 k€.
H2020 -LCE-2017-SGS, “OSMOSE” project – 35 k€.
FESR-FSE 2014-2020 Action 1.6, “EMERA" project - 190 k€.
Università degli Studi di Bari and ARPA Puglia, technical agreement for “Technopolis" - 15 k€.
Puglia Region, “ENERGY ROUTER” project – 650 k€.
Confindustria Brindisi, “Smart industrial energy district nel polo industriale di Brindisi” – 45 k€.
• A microgrid test facility
• Real time digital simulator (RTDS RT-5600)
• RTDS Interface to IEC 61850 equipment
• 4-quadrants programmable power source with multiple AC and DC power output configurations
Photovoltaic power plant (5 kW)
• 4-quadrants controllable Battery Energy Storage Systems
• An experimental biomass externally fired combined cycle plant
• An innovative open-air wind tunnel
• Cryogenic testing device
• Gas pycnometer and gas sorption analyzer
• Laser-ultrasonic test bench
Arduino development kit
EV charging station
AC and DC bench power supply
PLC modules
Microcontroller development boards
Current clamps
Controllable load (resistive, inductive, capacitive)
Digital scopes and spectrum analyzer
Smart camera
Earth fault detector
Luminance and illuminance meters
HV insulation test
PowerFactory – DIgSILENT
• Fast prototyping of electrical equipment & systems
• Design and testing of control boards through hardware-in-the-loop (HIL)
• Design and testing of power components through power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL)
• Testing and setting of electrical protection systems
• Power quality measurement and immunity tests
• Measurements of low-frequency electromagnetic fields
• Dielectric strength tests on cables
• Main measurements from electrotechnical laboratory
• Main lighting measures
• Measurements for grounding system
• Short circuit analysis
• Power system simulation of complex transmission and industrial grids
• Operator Training Simulator for the training of operators in industrial as well as transmission power systems
• Design and verification in substation automation
• Communication and network integration tests with IEC 61850 devices
• Communication tests of the I/O list in SCADA applications under IEC 61850 protocol
• Testing of micro wind power turbines
• Mechanical characterization of materials through laser and nanosonic interferometry
• Thermal cycles testing of materials using a climatic chamber
• Cryogenic and demanufacturing techniques for recycling exhausted PV panels
• Thermal diffusivity, specific heat, thermal conductivity measurements
• Measurement and characterization of thermo-electrical parameters of thin film materials
• Modeling and simulation of materials, components and devices
Address / How to reach us
Via Amendola 132, Bari, Plesso “ex Scianatico” – LabZero
Mon - Fri 8:00 - 18:00
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