The Renewable Energy Sources for smart sustainable health Centers, University Education and other public buildings – RESCUE, an Interreg - IPA CBC Croatia-Serbia project, aims to promote the use of sustainable energy and energy efficiency in public buildings, particularly in those with high energy demand. By introducing the smart Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) based on renewable energy sources (RES), RESCUE seeks to demonstrate sustainable, low-carbon solutions for health centers, university education buildings and other public buildings.

The total financial budget of the RESCUE project is 1.936.989,91 EUR, of which 1.646.411,40 EUR is European Union grant.

Lead project partner is Faculty of Technical Sciences Novi Sad – FTN, while the project partners are Clinical Center of Vojvodina – KCV, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek – FERIT, Clinical Hospital Center Osijek – KBCO and Mechanical Engineering Faculty Slavonski Brod – SFSB.

Through investment activities beneficiaries will establish RES based BEMS at their public buildings. According to analysis of the available RES potential performed in implementation phase appropriate RES types will be integrated in order to offer clean energy, decrease energy dependency and lower carbon footprint. Expected output is implementation of innovative exemplary facilities for smart RES use and EE measures through establishment of at least 1.7 MW RES based BEMS on public buildings of FTN, KCV, FERIT, KBCO and SFSB. Based on previous experience, available area and current electrical energy demand expected RES types will include photovoltaic (PV) systems of 712,4 kW, wind energy systems of 8 kW, geothermal HVAC systems of 105 kW, solar thermal systems of 54 kW, with addition of RES supply/storage systems of 63 kW. In addition, the integration of PV based assistive devices charging stations, PV based bicycle charging station and electrical vehicle PV based charging station of 5 kW to public buildings BEMS will be performed. The chargers, together with the base functionality, will be adapted to ensure free RES energy, easy access and simple connection of different electrical assistive devices for patients and people with disabilities. Additionally, a smart waste management strategy and system will be devised in order to utilize this abundant, previously unexploited, resource for clean energy production at clinical centers. Waste oil (food preparation for stationary patients), will be used for production of biodiesel and supplying the back-up generator (adapted for biodiesel use) of 750 kW, additionally increasing capacity of RES. 

RES based BEMS with appropriate RES types will be integrated in public buildings: 
FTN  - PV system, RES based storage, geothermal HVAC system and wind system
KCV - PV system, solar thermal system, biodiesel system and RES based electrical assistive device charging station
FERIT – PV system, wind energy system with addition of RES supply/storage systems KBCO - PV system, self-sustained biodiesel generators
SFSB – PV system, geothermal HVAC system, solar thermal system with addition of RES supply/storage systems

The Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Program Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020 is a cross-border program aimed to achieve the development of the programme area and the European Union. It also aims to increase the socio-economic growth of the programme area in the fields of health and social care, environmental and nature protection, risk prevention, energy conversion and the development of sustainable tourism and the business environment. More information on cross-border cooperation can be found on the website.