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THermoAcoustic Technology for Energy Applications

Objective

The objective of the THATEA project is to advance the science and technology behind the thermoacoustic energy conversion processes to such a level that would enable reaching conversion efficiencies at which the application of the technology becomes economically attractive. Based on the results obtained, the most promising application areas will be identified for further development. Thermoacoustic energy conversion is a generic cross-cutting energy technology that can be applied in a vast number of applications, requiring heating, cooling, or power both in industry and build environment. Thermoacoustic is concerned with the thermodynamic conversion between heat and intense sound in the presence of a solid boundary. The working principles of thermoacoustic systems are quite complex. However, the practical implementations of these are relatively simple. This offers great advantages with respect to the economic feasibility of this technology. The systems lack moving parts, use environmentally friendly working media, and only ordinary materials. The development of thermoacoustic systems will lead to energy and cost savings and economically attractive renewable energy options. The attractive feature of thermoacoustic technology is that all the different applications can be developed based on the same technological principles. This means that the components of such systems can be made in large quantities at low cost. This project will be dedicated to the exploration and the study of different conversion processes involved in the thermoacoustic systems and the potential they have for energy applications. This project is the first initiative on a European level, aiming to combine the efforts in the new research field of thermoacoustics in order to acquire a leadership position in this new promising and innovative technology.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/energy conversion
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2008-FET
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 528 330,75
Administrative Contact
Simon Spoelstra (Mr.)

Participants (6)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 233 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michèle Saumon (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 216 927
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Chantrey (Ms.)
Aster Thermoakoestische Systemen
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 149 388,25
Address
Smeestraat 11
8194 LG Veessen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kees De Blok (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MESSINA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 600
Address
Piazza Pugliatti 1
98122 Messina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonio Piccolo (Dr.)
HEKYOM SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 142 624
Address
Rue Jean Rostand 2
91400 Orsay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yolène Blanchard (Ms.)
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 117 000
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Pedro J. Sayers (Mr.)