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New Materials and Control for a next generation of compact combined Solar and heat pump systems with boosted energetic and exergetic performance

Objective

The objective of this project is to develop new innovative products and advanced test methods for a next generation of compact combined renewable energy systems based on solar thermal and heat pump technology for space heating and hot water preparation, using breakthroughs in ICT, new materials and technology. The goal is to achieve 25% energy savings compared to current state of the art systems, with still competitive prices on the market. Thus, the work proposed aims for a seasonal performance factor of the system (solar and heat pump) of e.g. 6 as compared to 4.5 for the current state of the art. This will be possible by using new materials, components and ICT in an integrative approach for new system concepts where the focus is on the overall system's cost and performance. A systematic approach will be used to evaluate new breakthroughs such as e.g. low-cost materials and selective paint for solar collectors that collect solar irradiation as well as ambient heat and PV/T collectors that produce heat as well as electricity. Exergetic optimization of heat pump circuits includes using de-superheating heat exchangers for DHW preparation as a by-product of the more efficient space heating operation, and variable speed controlled compressors for heat pumps that match the collector heat input to the evaporator and/or the demand. New storage concepts include phase change materials (PCM) on the cold side of the heat pump, low cost materials for storage tank construction, improved temperature stratification and charging/discharging control. On the control and ICT side, weather and user forecast based predictive control for intelligent storage charging by different heat sources will help to increase the overall system performance significantly. Online monitoring and fault detection within small controller units will be used to increase system reliability both for the installation phase and for the whole operational life of the installation.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-1
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Coordinator

HSR HOCHSCHULE FUR TECHNIK RAPPERSWIL
Address
Oberseestrasse 10
8640 Rapperswil
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 596 000
Administrative Contact
Michel Yves Haller (Dr.)

Participants (8)

HOGSKOLAN DALARNA
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 339 080
Address

791 88 Falun
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Bales (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 335 400,25
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Barbara Casarin (Ms.)
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 236 605,60
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomas Matuska (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 338 108
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Heinz Andreas (Dr.)
REGULUS SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 111 520
Address
Do Koutu 1897/3
143 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pavel Kucera (Mr.)
Viessmann Faulquemont S.A.S.
France
EU contribution
€ 98 100
Address
Avenue André Gouy
57380 Faulquemont
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernd Hafner (Dr.)
RATIOTHERM HEIZUNG + SOLARTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 119 200
Address
Wellheimer Strasse 34
91795 Dollnstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Weidinger (Mr.)
ENERGIE SOLAIRE SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Zone Industrielle Ile Falcon
3960 Sierre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernard Thissen (Mr.)