In the transition to a fully sustainable energy system, thermal systems are a key technology to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and local pollution, integrate residual energy sources and harness energy flexibility. At EnergyVille we strive for breakthrough innovation in thermal systems.
We conduct fundamental, applied, and industry-driven research to make thermal networks smarter, digitized, more autonomous, and energy-efficient. This results in technologies, tools, and methodologies that enable optimal design, optimal control, and improved maintenance of thermal networks in new projects and services.
Within thermal conversion technologies, we develop technological solutions that enable increased recovery of residual and renewable thermal energy through efficient, flexible, and cost-effective conversion systems with main focus on optimized heat transfer and heat exchangers. Amongst others, we develop tools for component design and control of heat pumps that helps to exploit their full theoretical potential.
In order to improve the balance between heat demand and the supply of heat from renewable sources (such as solar collectors or PV-coupled heat pumps), we investigate, develop, demonstrate, and implement innovative thermal storage concepts. Our focus is on compact and integrated thermal storage and medium- to high-temperature storage for industry based on packed-bed technology.