Two research groups from the Jaen Universityone from the field of photovoltaic solar energy (Research and Development in Solar Energy) and the other from the field of Artificial Intelligence (Intelligent Systems and Data Mining), with the participation of a third research group from the Architecture area belonging to the University of Malaga, develop a project for which they are going to build two scientific infrastructures conceived as biotechnological trees (Smart-Tree), reusing materials from mills and mines.
These infrastructures they will produce photovoltaic electricity and will be located in outdoor spaces of the university campuses of Jaén and Linares, which are not currently used, promoting their use by creating green environments and connective services (parking, charging bicycles and scooters, mobiles, laptops, Ipads, etc.). “In each of these Smart-Trees, a bifacial photovoltaic (PV) system will be integrated and its energy behavior will be modeled using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques,” explain the researchers responsible for the project, Jorge Aguilera and Maria Jose del Jesus.
With the aim of influencing the concept of circular economy and reducing the raw materials used in the construction process, the “biotech trees” will be built by reusing materials and applying passive architectural design strategies that will contribute to reducing energy consumption and improve living conditions. comfort and environmental impact in the immediate environment. In addition, they will be scalable prototypes and adaptable to any urban public space and will be equipped with natural vegetation and ergonomic urban furniture.
“After an initial study of spaces, needs and materials available for reuse, the installation of two biotechnological structures has been determined, one on the Las Lagunillas Campus in Jaén and the other on the Linares Scientific-Technological Campus. These facilities will make it possible to transform locations not currently used on said campuses into spaces for resting, working and even open-air teaching classrooms. Said biotechnological structures are being designed considering the reuse of material related to the olive grove, such as the mills in the case of Jaén, and with the mines, in the case of Linares)”, indicate the researchers from the UJA.