Life Zero Energy Mod: Technical day with partners in Aragon Hydrogen Foundation

The Life Zero Energy Mod project continues to make good progress, adjusting the parameters of the hydrogen and renewable energy system to ensure its correct operation. Within this framework, a technical workshop was held with the project partners at the facilities of Aragon Hydrogen Foundation.

Monitoring: Key to the Success of the Habitable Module

Monitoring is a crucial aspect in projects such as Life Zero Energy Mod, as it allows real-time data collection on system performance and the detection of possible anomalies. This information is essential to optimise the operation of the habitable module and ensure its correct maintenance.

Collaboration and Experience Sharing

The technical workshop provided an excellent opportunity for the project partners to share their experience and expertise in hydrogen and renewable system monitoring. Topics such as the selection of suitable sensors, the configuration of data acquisition systems and the analysis of collected data were addressed.

Commitment to Sustainability

The Life Zero Energy Mod project aims to develop a prototype of an energy self-sufficient single-family house, using hydrogen and renewable energies as primary energy sources. This project is aligned with the European Union’s objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the transition to a low-carbon economy.


Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Spain, the most renowned environmental award in the world

The LIFE ZEROENERGYMOD project has received in Madrid the Energy Globe Award in Spain, in the Air Category, awarded by the commercial office of the Austrian Embassy in our country. This is the most renowned environmental award in the world and brings together almost 200 participants, with initiatives ranging from small and simple ideas to large-scale high-level projects.

The general director of Industrial Promotion and Innovation of the Government of Aragon, Mar Paños, collected the award as Vice-President of the FHa, accompanied by its managing director, Fernando Palacín. The FHa already won this same award in 2020 and its contribution is essential to advance in the development and implementation of innovative solutions in the field of energy.

LIFE ZEROENERGYMOD is capable of revolutionising modular living spaces with a zero-energy mobile module based on the Passivhaus standard, allowing a 75% reduction in energy consumption. Aimed at military bases and remote areas, it drastically cuts energy consumption, saving 5.7 kl/year of diesel, reducing CO2 and nitrogen oxide emissions by 15 and 0.33 tonnes per year, respectively, and generating 4 megawatt hours from renewable sources.

The prototype eliminates dependence on fossil fuels by integrating photovoltaics, wind power and a lithium and hydrogen battery storage system. The use of hydrogen as an energy vector is key to the life inside the module, as it allows the module’s energy autonomy to be extended between 20 and 40 days. This project is a pioneer in the use of hydrogen in buildings.

This habitable modular solution is installed and tested in two Spanish Army camps located in Zaragoza and Latvia, in addition to an after-LIFE demonstration at the Gabriel de Castilla Antarctic Base, managed by the Spanish Army, which has an extreme climate where energy management is critical. The project has as partners, in addition to the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation as coordinator, the University Centre of Defence and the companies B-Haus, specialised in PassivHaus construction, and ARPA EMC, with extensive experience in installation, maintenance and design of military and emergency mobile field equipment.

The event, held at the Austrian Embassy in Madrid, was attended by numerous key players from the Spanish and Austrian energy sector, making it a unique opportunity to learn about achievements and future prospects in the field of sustainable energy, as well as to network and share ideas with other leaders in the industry.


Presentation of the ZEM project at the meeting “Decarbonising Antartica Discussion Forum”

Presentation of the ZEM project at the meeting “Decarbonising Antartica Discussion Forum”.

On Tuesday 20 February 2024, the Zaragoza Defence University Centre (CUD) presented the ZEM (Life Zero Energy Mod) project at the “Decarbonising Antarctica Discussion Forum” meeting.

The meeting, which lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes, was attended by 10 representatives from the following entities and countries:

Korean Polar Institute
British Antarctic Survey
International Polar Foundation
Antarctica New Zealand
Spanish Polar Committee

The presentation of the ZEM project generated great interest among the attendees. The representative of the Spanish Polar Committee (SPC), Antonio Quesada, mentioned ZEM as one of the lines of work of the Spanish Polar Committee for Antarctica.

The ZEM project aims to develop a habitable module that is completely self-sufficient in terms of energy and emissions.


Our project on the Energy Globe World Award nominee

Our project is nominated for the Energy Globe World Award. The ENERGY GLOBE Award is an environmental prize awarded annually in more than 180 countries by the Austrian-based non-profit foundation ENERGY GLOBE.

The award recognises projects that focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and the use of renewable energies. The aim is to highlight solutions to environmental problems.

The prize is awarded in the categories of: Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth. In the case of Life Zero Energy Mod, the project is in the “Air” category, which focuses on reducing emissions and improving air quality, the awards website explains.

The awards ceremony will take place on 25 January 2024 in Trondheim, Norway. The event will start with the conference “Net Zero Energy and Prosperity”. In addition, as a nominated project, you will have the opportunity to present to more than 150 guests from the 25 nominated projects in the different categories.


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Our partners present the ZERO ENERGYMOD project on the ground. Discover the evolution of the construction of this easy to install and transport living space, based on the PassivHaus standard that incorporates renewable energy sources and hydrogen storage.

Each of our partners, ARPA, CUDZ, BHAUS and the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation accompany you on this journey through the ZERO ENERGYMOD facilities while explaining how this model will be useful in the construction of custom-designed logistics solutions for European armed forces bases, as well as all types of civilian organisations in peace missions, development and international cooperation, NGOs, and any public or private company or ministry that needs to develop its activity in remote areas.

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Progress shown in EFC 2023

Progress shown in EFC 2023.

The 10th edition of the “Piero Lunghi European Conference on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen” was held on the beautiful island of Capri from 13 to 15 September.

It was organised by ATENA (High Technology District in the field of Energy and Environment), ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), the University “Parthenope” of Naples and the University of Perugia.

During the event, Carlos Arié, Innovation Technician at Aragon Hydrogen Foundation, presented the Life Zero Energy Mod project, with the intention of showing the general characteristics and progress of the project.

The presentation of the project took place during the session “Integrated hydrogen systems”, where he highlighted Hydrogen: a storage solution of renewable energy for habitable mobile modules, through the Life Zero Energy Mod project.

EFC 2023 welcomed more than 300 participants from all over the world and has established itself as the main Italian event on hydrogen and fuel cells, attracting selected and valuable visitors from all over the world and especially from the most active countries in this field.

The event has delved into pioneering research and explored innovative solutions through diverse perspectives and expertise in the world of H2.

It has been an enjoyable and interesting journey through the world of H2&FC, through stimulating debates, valuable insights and forging new connections within our professional community.

ZEM at the XXX International Defense Course

The International Defense Course in Jaca analyzes and discusses a selection of factors that act as drivers of change in the field of security and defense. The program started with a session dedicated to the Spanish rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, and another to analyze the evolution of the defense awareness of the Spanish society that these thirty courses have witnessed.

The course will continue with three sessions each dedicated to analyzing how three relevant factors affect the evolution of security and defense. The first of these will be devoted to energy. It will discuss the geopolitics of hydrocarbons
of hydrocarbons, the challenges of the transition and intensive use of new energy sources, and the impact of rare earths and other critical minerals on international security.
Our partner CUDZ (Centro Universitario de la Defensa – Zaragoza) participated in this conference, represented by Beatriz Rodríguez Soria – Professor of the Centro Universitario de la Defensa. During her speech, she presented the project ZERO ENERGYMOD – Modular, demountable and energetically self-sufficient construction for military bases. She highlighted the objectives of the project, the characteristics of its design PASSIVMOD, as well as the process of installation, assembly and the importance of the hydrogen cycle to achieve the objectives of the project.

We took part in the 3rd Congress on Renewable Energies in Defence Installations

APTIE “Association for the Promotion of Strategic Technologies and Industries” is organising the 3rd Congress on Renewable Energies in Defence Installations with the aim of gaining greater knowledge of the different systems for generating these energies, as well as their capacities and problems.

Given the costs of acquisition, maintenance and problematic of the equipment and the importance of the problems of maintenance and agility in the management of the equipment and systems with known obsolescence, we consider interesting to deepen in the subject of outsourcing the ownership, management and maintenance of the facilities for the generation of electrical energy, air conditioning and water ASC.

The evolution and permanent improvement of the efficiency of the equipment, together with the need for specialised maintenance and life cycle management, make this form of management an interesting alternative, which, however, needs to be analysed from the point of view of the legal procedures for contracting with the State.

During this Congress, our colleague Beatriz Rodriguez Soria, Dr. Industrial Engineer and Professor at the Centro Universitario de la Defensa in Zaragoza, presented the objectives and progress of the ZeroEnergyMod project.

Our participation at the Fifth Consultation Forum in Prague to promote sustainable energy in defence

More than 150 experts from 29 European countries, as well as different institutions and organisations participated in the fifth conference of the third phase of the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS III) in Prague, reaffirming the Consultation Forum’s status as the largest European defence energy community.

The European Defence Agency (EDA) organised the fifth CF SEDSS III conference from 30 November to 1 December 2022 under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). It was hosted by the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic. During the conference, the forum showed the way ahead to support the defence energy transition, ranging from behavioural change models to climate change proofing and energy resilience. The forum’s output also contributed to implementing broader EU actions, including the EU’s Climate Change and Defence Roadmap, Member States’ defence strategies for climate change adaptability, the EU’s offshore energy strategy, and the Action Plan on Military Mobility.

The conference was attended by our colleague Adeline Rezeau from the Centro Universitario de Defensa en Zaragoza (CUZD) and our colleague Jesús Montero representing our partner Equipos Móbiles de Campaña (ARPA). Both were in charge of presenting our project ZEROENERGYMOD within the working group 1 “Energy Efficiency and Building Performance”.

The Sappers Battalion installs its offices at DEMO ZEROENERGYMOD

The General Military Academy is the higher education centre of the Spanish Army (ET) and is based in the city of Zaragoza. Its facilities are home to the Defence University Centre (CUZD), attached to the University of Zaragoza, where future Army and Civil Guard officers study the subjects of their degree courses. One of the partners in the project, thanks to which we have set up the DEMO at the San Jorge Base.
Once its construction has been completed, the Sappers Battalion has installed its offices there.