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More Effective use of Renewables Including compact seasonal Thermal energy Storage

Objective

As Europe moves towards low and zero-carbon housing, challenges arise in the management of building integrated renewable energy technologies. Electricity generating RES have the benefit of electrical connection and financial mechanisms allowing feed-in to the network. Thermal technologies do not have such general interconnectivity and therefore rely on sizing typically meeting 90% of summer demands in moderate climates. This approach provides little benefit in winter. Therefore an obvious approach is that of thermal energy storage that overcomes issues of heat loss, substantially increasing the overall use of RES in buildings throughout the seasons. The objective of MERITS is to develop, demonstrate and evaluate a compact seasonal storage system based on novel high-density materials that can supply required heating, cooling and DHW with up to 100% RES. Delivery of heat on different dedicated temperature levels is one of the key prerequisites of the system. Tailoring to the size of individual dwellings is a second one. The storage system must have a manageable volume comparable with the footprint of a domestic dwelling. Such a tank typically becomes between 4m3 and 8m3 and has a possibility of being incorporated under for example a garden space. We will formulate starting conditions for the dimension of storage materials and capacity, and the storage system and control system. Then we will design and develop a dedicated solar collector for the storage system for specific climate zones. We will also make an integrated design for the different components and enhance thermo chemical materials. Prototypes of the system (for three different climate zones) will be demonstrated and evaluated in a field test. To improve the market up-take we will work on business models, market strategies and other non-technical issues. Partners in the proposal are research institutes and universities as well as SME’s and industry, capable of bringing the project results to the market.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-2
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christophe Louis Gabriel Hoegaerts (Mr)

Participants (10)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Aitor Sotil (Mr.)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johan Van Bael (Mr.)
DE BEIJER RTB BV
Netherlands
Address
Stenograaf
Duiven
Administrative Contact
Henk De Beijer (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Marie Patton (Dr.)
ZONNE ENERGIE NEDERLAND INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
Address
Paardeweide
Breda
Administrative Contact
Johannes Van Dam (Mr)
VOESTALPINE POLYNORM VAN NIFTRIK BV
Netherlands
Address
Bosweg
Putte
Administrative Contact
Verkamman Evelien (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA
Spain
Address
Placa Victor Siurana 1 1
25003 Lleida
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maribel Palau (Ms.)
MOSTOSTAL WARSZAWA SA
Poland
Address
Ul Konstruktorska 12A
02 673 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Magdalena Małek (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
SEAGOE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Church Road Unidare Works
Portadown
Administrative Contact
Martin Betz (Mr.)