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Solar Thermochemical Compact Storage System

Objective

SoTherCo’s major objective is to install, monitor and assess an innovative modular, compact and seasonal thermo-chemical solar heat-storage system, namely the SoTherCo HSS (Heat-Storage System). The modular design, based on the proper arrangement of ~1000L heat-storage modules, is intended to offer the needed flexibility and adaptation to answer the space-heating demand of low-energy buildings, from a single family dwelling up to communities and district heating.

The Demonstration WP5&WP6 will be performed semi-virtually over long periods of time and at two different locations i.e. Arlon (ULg-Belgium) and Bourget-du-Lac (CEA-INES, France)) for regional climatic particularities. The testing periods will be shifted in time (6 months) for permitting to integrate the learning from the first demonstrator into the other one.

To this end, RTD activities are also scheduled according to a progressive and controlled integration of the best-in-class knowledge and improvements in the field.

WP1 will select and optimize at least 3 thermo-chemical working pairs referred to as SMG (Salt-in-Matrix composites + water-vapour (G)).

WP2 will test the SMGs performance in laboratory-scale heat-storage units (the mini-Modules, m-M) operating in simulated real-life conditions. At least 3 m-M will be designed, modelled, constructed, tested and iteratively improved with respect to each of the selected SMGs

WP3 will up-size (model, build and test) several real-scale (rs-M) to understand their complete behaviour in terms of power response and energy balance.

WP4 will design, model and engineer the complete Heat-Storage Systems (HSS) comprising several properly connected rs-M as well as all the needed additional devices (energy inlets outlets, pumps, control, ..) ready to be integrated at the demonstration sites.

The main expectation from this SME strongly supported Project (ESE & Regulus, 51% of the budget) is to provide a strong basis to elaborate a roadmap for future industrial steps

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-2
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN SOPRO ENERGIES SA
Address
Rue De La Griotte
Rochefort
Belgium
Administrative Contact
Philippe Sun (Mr.)

Participants (8)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Felix Schröpfer (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE VERSAILLES SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES.
France
Address
Avenue De Paris 55
78035 Versailles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eugenia Shadlova (Ms.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Barbara Casarin (Ms.)
REGULUS SPOL SRO
Czechia
Address
Do Koutu 1897/3
143 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Betak (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Courillon (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Andre (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE MONS
Belgium
Address
Place Du Parc 20
7000 Mons
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marc Frere (Prof.)
BUREAUX D'ETUDES SOLAIRES SPRL
Belgium
Address
Place Theo Lannoy 4
5580 Han Sur Lesse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gilbert-Gaëtan Descy (Mr.)