The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), also known as the Metsovian Polytechnic, will head a European research project involving a consortium of 18 major construction companies and institutions for the development of a building with a zero carbon footprint.

The Hydrogen 2 Sustainable Building is envisaged as an "intelligent, self-sustained and zero CO2 emission hybrid energy system" that integrates H2 technology with renewable energy systems.

The building will be designed to cover all its electricity needs from RES such as wind power or solar power, while any 'extra' green electricity generated will be used to hydrolyse water for the production and storage of H2 that can also be used to meet the building's energy needs.

Among others participating in the project is the Greek subsidiary of Schneider Electric, which will provide the research team with solutions and equipment for the energy management of the building. This will include 25 gauges of electricity production and consumption and checking the consumption balance through a specialised automated system.