Combined development of compact thermal energy storage technologies
The COMTES project has as goal to develop and demonstrate three novel systems for compact seasonal storage of solar thermal energy. These systems will contribute to the EU 20-20-20 targets by covering a larger share of the domestic energy demand with solar thermal energy. Main objective of COMTES is to develop and demonstrate systems for seasonal storage that are significantly better than water based systems. The three technologies are covered in COMTES by three parallel development lines: solid sorption, liquid sorption and supercooling PCM.
Compact REtrofit Advanced Thermal Energy storage
The CREATE project aims to tackle the thermal energy storage challenge for the built environment by developing a compact heat storage. This heat battery allows for better use of available renewables in two ways: 1) bridging the gap between supply and demand of renewables and 2) increasing the efficiency in the energy grid by converting electricity peaks into stored heat to be used later, increasing the energy grid flexibility and giving options for tradability and economic benefits. The main aim of CREATE is to develop and demonstrate a heat battery, ie an advanced thermal storage system based on Thermo-Chemical Materials, that enables economically affordable, compact and loss-free storage of heat in existing buildings.
Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Energy Efficient Buildings. An integrated solution for residential building energy storage by solar and geothermal resources
TESSe2b will enable the optimal use of renewable energy and provide one of the most advantageous solutions for correcting the mismatch that often occurs between the supply and demand of energy in residential buildings. The target of TESSe2b is to design, develop, validate and demonstrate a modular and low cost thermal storage technology based on solar collectors and highly efficient heat pumps for heating, cooling and domestic hot water (DHW) production.
Thermo-Chemical Heat Storage Systems in Concentrated Solar Power Plants
The new concept introduced in the current proposal is instead of using packed or fluidized beds of the redox material as the heat storage medium, to employ monolithic structures like honeycombs or foams, made entirely or partially from the redox oxide materials. The proposal stems from and capitalises on a number of ideas, concepts and achievements materialized in previous co-operations among the consortium members.
ENRSYS (Integrated Thermal Energy Reduction, Recovery & Re-use in Autoclave based Composites Processing)
The ENRSYS project has successfully developed a first of its kind integrated, computer controlled, heat recovery, reuse & thermal energy management system centred on the autoclave with potential re-use of thermal energy in the post-cure ovens or autoclaves, and possibly in the clean room air filtration/cooling system. The system operates by extracting heat from the autoclave to match existing cooling rates that are specified by material manufacturers. The heat is stored in specially designed thermal stores and the control system manages the process of heat storage to maximise the potential and efficiency for reuse.
OPtimization of a Thermal energy Storage system with integrated Steam Generator
OPTS project aims at developing a new Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system based on single tank configuration using stratifying Molten Salts (MS, Sodium/Potassium Nitrates 60/40 w/w) as heat storage medium at 550°C maximum temperature, integrated with a Steam Generator (SG), to provide efficient, reliable and economic energy storage for the next generation of trough and tower plants. The three-year experimental program will be focused to the full development of the integrated system (TES-SG) up to demonstration level. The SG, with natural recirculation of the MS, can be either positioned directly into the tank (Pool-type) or as an external shell-and-tube once-through SG (Loop-type) with piping system and pump.
Developing Cryogenic Energy Storage at Refrigerated Warehouses as an Interactive Hub to Integrate Renewable Energy in Industrial Food Refrigeration and to Enhance PowerGrid Sustainability
Greater direct use of renewable energy resources means that the electricity grid is either dependent on weather variations or on tidal flows. Too little, or too much, energy may be generated and there is little control of when the energy is generated. This provides an issue for grid stability as energy production is not controllable. The problem is likely to become more severe with the increasing application of renewable energy resources, especially as the EU aim to generate 20% of the energy used in Europe from renewable sources by 2020.
Energy savings from smart operation of electrical, process and mechanical equipment
The drive across the world towards energy efficiency and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is leading to new industrial processes and new ways of operating existing processes. In particular, the control and operation of industrial processes is becoming more integrated giving new opportunities for energy saving through equipment management, automation, and optimization.
The Smart Building Networks
The Smart Building Networks (BuildNet) program will develop optimizing controllers capable of coordinating the flow of power to and from large networks of smart buildings in order to offer critical services to the power grid. The network will make use of the thermal storage of the structures and on-site micro generation capabilities of next-generation buildings, as well as the electrical capacity of attached electric vehicles in order to intelligently control the interaction between the network of buildings and the grid.
Integrated Thermal Energy Reduction, Recovery & Re-use in Autoclave based Composites Processing
Develop an integrated, computer controlled, heat recovery, reuse & thermal energy management system centred on the autoclave with re-use of thermal energy in the post-cure ovens or autoclaves, and possibly in the clean room air filtration/cooling system. The proposed system will extract heat from the autoclave to match existing cooling rates that are specified by material manufacturers.