Thermal Energy Storage (TES)
Coordinator: Antje Seitz (DLR)
Deputy: Abdessamad Faik (CIC Energigune)
The sub-programme on thermal energy storage (SP3) brings together researchers in thermal energy storage into a Europe-wide network. This organization of like-minded professionals has the goal of increasing the status of thermal energy storage technologies and research throughout Europe.
Additionally, through effective task-based collaboration, the sub-programme aims at improving knowledge-sharing which will enable more successful cooperation between research institutions active in thermal energy storage.
The work in SP3 is broken down into three work packages: Storage Materials, Design and Internal Heat Transfer Concepts and Storage Integration. The work package in storage materials deals with both short-term and long-term material development, particularly thermal properties of salts and PCM as well as the synthesis and characterization of composite PCM, fluids and thermochemical materials. Design and Internal Heat Transfer Concepts examines recent progress in direct and indirect storage devices. Finally, the work package on storage integration covers small-scale TES systems, assessment of systems with an integrated TES and techno-economics of TES systems.
SP3 is also collaborating with the IEA’s implementing agreement Energy Conservation through Energy Storage’s (ECES) Annex 30. Underway since July 2015, this new annex deals with the development of a methodology for characterization and evaluation of thermal energy storage systems.
WP1: Storage Materials
WP2: Design and Internal Heat Transfer Concepts
WP3: Storage Integration