Project Summary

SME's and farms have been investing in renewable energy systems for more than 10 years. This brings some challenges with it. There is often a mismatch between production and consumption of energy in TIME and/or LOCATION. This implicates the need for (mobile) energy storage systems.

Besides that, there is also a huge amount of low temperature waste heat available in SME's and farms which is unutilized right now. Examples are heat from cooling and freezing cells, heat from milk cooling, heat produced by pigs or chickens, waste heat from food processes, ... In a low carbon economy, we aim to extend the use of waste heat. The missing link for SME's and farms is thermal energy storage: on site (stationary systems - TIME) or between companies (mobile thermal systems  - LOCATION).

Thermal energy storage is possible with different kind of media. In this project we want to focus on energy storage by phase change materials (PCM's), thermochemical materials (TCM's) and water/ice. These materials can store a huge amount of energy in a relative small volume without the need of being isolated, which makes them ideal for mobile applications.

Identification and analysis of suitable technical solutions for SME's and farms is needed. Therefore, we want to develop heat production and heat consumption profiles for different agricultural and non-agricultural sectors. How much heat is needed or produced within a company, when and at what temperature? PCM's and TCM's are proven technologies in industry, but they have not yet found an entrance in agriculture and in SME's. We want to take a look at solutions from basic and cheap to more advanced and expensive systems.

We want to bring all the theory in practice. We aim at installing one pilot in each participating country, with a good spread between farms and SME's and between mobile and on-site thermal energy storage systems.

Results of the project
  • thermal energy storage solutions for SME's and farms from basic and cheap to more advanced and expensive systems
  • pilot plants in each participating country

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