Energy Technology group, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering considers as the core of their activities design, realization and analysis of new products, processes and materials. Besides the basis of (solid and fluid) mechanics, materials, control and thermodynamics, parts of mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing science are important supporting tools. The field is explored by a combination of modeling using fundamental concepts and applied engineering and technology. Automotive Engineering Science and Micro- amp; Nano-Scale Engineering are important departmental themes. The Mechanical Engineering Department comprises about 1000 students and 250 staff members.
The section Energy Technology performs research on heat transfer and thermofluids engineering. Energy Technology (ET) addresses engineering problems associated with energy conversion processes such as transport, utilization, implementation etc., and comprises many different disciplines. The research of our group is focused on three primary topics: heat transfer and transitional flows, microscale interphase processes, and small-scale renewable energy systems. One of the research projects is focusing on solar thermal in combination with heat storage.
The SWeKOS2 project (Sorptie Warmte en Koude Opslag Systeem) is performed in close collaboration with De Beijer RTB, Duiven, The Netherlands. The Beijer RTB specializes in innovation research and the development of new product / market combinations especially in the field of sustainable energy. The Beijer RTB consists of a group of technical specialists who realize numerous studies, research projects and product developments, including in the field of heat pumps, solar energy, energy storage and district heating. Besides De Beijer RTB, also TNO (www.tno.nl) is involved in the SWeKOS2 project. In the HeCoNet project (Sorption Heat & Cold in District Heating Networks) TU/e joins forces with De Beijer RTB and with ENGIE to complement the SWeKOS2 project with the development of a reduced-order model of a complete heat and cold storage system (tank, storage materials, heat exchangers, insulations, etcetera) which can then be used in simulations of the entire district heating network over longer periods. ENGIE is one of the most innovative energy and technology companies in the world, with more than 150,000 employees in 70 countries owing almost 300 wind farms, over 400 solar fields and almost 200 biomass and hydro power plants.
For a long time, thermochemical heat storage is considered as an attractive candidate to solve the mismatch problem between the heat demand and supply of solar energy. The advantages of thermochemical heat storage compared to other options are high storage density and almost loss-free storage. However, important fundamental obstacles still need to be tackled before this technique can be applied on larger scales, certainly when it comes to a marketable product. Heat and cold storage will play an important role in the advancement of district heating networks to close the gap between heat supply from sustainable energy sources and the demand for heat and cold by the connected consumers.
Within the SWeKOS2 project a marketable compact and loss-free heat&cold storage system will be developed, which is produced in a cost-effective way and is equipped with one of the following thermochemical materials: modified Na2S and CaCl2 or K2CO3. This part will mainly be carried out by De Beijer RTB in collaboration with TNO. The postdoc project at TU/e focuses mainly on the development of a design tool for one module of the heat&cold storage system. In the HeCoNet project the SWeKOS2 project will be complemented with the development of a reduced-order model of a complete heat and cold storage system (tank, storage materials, heat exchangers, insulations, etcetera) which can then be used in simulations of an entire district heating network over longer periods.
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dr. C.C.M. Rindt, c.c.m.rindt[at]tue.nl
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