Research project description
This research project is part of the multidisciplinary BEHeaT program, coordinated by the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES). The institute was founded with the goal to tackle the societal challenge of energy transition. Within this larger goal BEHeat focuses on energy storage and conversion. A promising way to facilitate storage are phase change materials (PCMs) integrated into buildings. There they could act as thermal buffers and decrease the energy required for heating or cooling. But despite intense scientific work, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of the best way to design PCMs with the desired properties. Many different materials have been investigated but supercooling effects (particularly for salt hydrates), cycling stability issues and low thermal conductivity of the PCMs themselves are still some of the biggest problems inhibiting their optimal use. It is also unclear how effective the various PCMs can be in lowering the heating or cooling demands and therefore energy requirements of a building.
Designing PCMs with the optimal properties, placement and dimensioning is essential for effective integration in the building shell and external heat exchange. To properly investigate these, you should have experience in at least one of the points listed below and interest in gaining some experience in the others:
During the project you will be working in the Energy Technology group and the Building Materials group, where you have access to state-of-the-art simulation and experimental tools and equipment. You will also have the opportunity to participate in EIRES, where you can discuss and cooperate with an international and multidisciplinary team of researchers.
This position and research project are made possible by the BEHeaT program initiated by the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES). EIRES facilitates the collaborative development and swift deployment of new technologies and devices by bringing together TU/e researchers working on materials, systems, and processes for energy storage and conversion.
EIRES consists of collaborating research groups within TUe. These include over 140 researchers and more than 450 PhDs. EIRES brings these researchers together and creates new network connections between researchers and industry.
Within the focus area of energy transition in the built environment, a large-scale research program was recently launched. This program, BEHeaT, stands for Built Environment Heat Transition. The program is funded with TUe's own resources as well as contributions from industry. The research program has a pragmatic approach.
Within the BEHeaT program, research is conducted into the (further) development of various (new) materials, components and/or systems in relation to intelligent buildings, heat storage, heat networks and/or electricity grids. The focus is not only on physical materials, components and systems, but also on dynamic (predictive) models. We believe that in order to have impact, any research must take systems integration as its starting point. In addition, we believe that technology does not stand alone and should always be seen in relation to the (end) user. In this way, the impact of research results is increased.
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact dr. Silvia Gaastra-Nedea, Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Energy Technology, s.v.nedea[ayt]tue.nl.
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We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.