Q-Bot project (Fast and economic insulation of buildings using robotic systems) is developing an innovative underfloor insulation system that has the potential to improve the energy foot print of millions of Europe's least energy efficient buildings by as much as 25% while reducing installation costs by 50 to 75%. The small robotic device is unique and superior to other underfloor insulation in that it can access uneven and tight spaces and underfloor voids in order to install insulation. The device enables homes, which would otherwise be difficult, expensive and potentially hazardous to treat, to be made much more energy-efficient, at much lower cost and with minimal disruption for the occupier.
Q-Bot's technology has been proven to work in prototype trials (Technology readiness level 6 -TRL6) and is currently being tested in the field at a small number of customer sites (TRL7). The technology is highly scalable and can be deployed easily within existing distribution systems.
During Phase 2, Q-Bot will develop a fully working demonstrator, carry out full-scale trials with customers and installers and prepare further commercial exploitation. The 5 year goal following the Phase 2 project is to have installed >135K homes. The project will create jobs within the EU and contribute to energy efficiency targets being met, while leading to a wealth of follow-on applications in the built environment and in industry.
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Project duration: 2015-11-01 to 2017-10-31