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Combined development of compact thermal energy storage technologies

Objective

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.
Strength of this approach is the collaboration of three development groups in activities that pertain to the analyses, methods and techniques that concern all technologies, without risking the exchange of confidential material. In this way, the development is much more effective than in three separate projects.
The project starts with a definition of system boundary conditions and target applications. Next comes the investigation of the best available storage materials. Detailed numerical modelling of the physical processes, backed by experimental validations, will lead to optimum component design. Full-scale prototypes are simulated, constructed and tested in the laboratory in order to optimize process design. One year of fully monitored operation in demonstration buildings is followed by an integrated evaluation of the systems and their potential. When deemed successful, the involved industry partners will pick up the developed storage concepts and bring them further to a commercial level.
The COMTES project is a cooperation of key scientific institutions active in the above mentioned heat storage technologies. For the first time, all relevant research disciplines are covered in an international effort. For each development line, a top-leading industry partner contributes its know-how and experience, providing the basis for further industrial development and exploitation of project results.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-2
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

AEE - INSTITUT FUR NACHHALTIGE TECHNOLOGIEN
Address
Feldgasse 19
8200 Gleisdorf
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wim Van Helden (Dr.)

Participants (10)

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robert Weber (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Heinz (Dr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simon Furbo (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Brendel
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE WILDAU
Germany
Address
Bahnhofstrasse
15745 Wildau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Markus Vossel (Mr.)
VAILLANT GMBH
Germany
Address
Berghauser Strasse 40
42859 Remscheid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Salg (Mr.)
KINGSPAN RENEWABLES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Gilford Road
Portadown
Administrative Contact
Thomas Williamson (Dr.)
HSR HOCHSCHULE FUR TECHNIK RAPPERSWIL
Switzerland
Address
Oberseestrasse 10
8640 Rapperswil
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Gantenbein (Dr.)
Nilan A/S
Denmark
Address
Nilanvej
Hedensted
Administrative Contact
Torben Andersen (Mr.)
VELUX AS
Denmark
Address
Aadalsvej 99
2970 Hoersholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Jacobsen (Mr.)