Thermal Energy Storage

A large proportion of the energy used in buildings is required to heat rooms and water. Technologies for thermal energy storage can drastically increase energy efficiency since production and consumption are temporally uncoupled. Thus, a larger proportion of the energy demand can be covered by renewable energy.

Research can be funded if it concerns the integration of thermal energy storage in buildings, CHP systems, or solar energy systems, as well as the development of innovative materials, systems, and processes increasing the energy density and power and minimizing storage losses. This also means research into phase-change materials and thermochemical storage materials with improved energy and power density as well as cycle stability.

Additional research fields that may receive funding include the development and testing of intelligent storage solutions and the development and optimization of process-heat storage as well as heat storage for building air conditioning.

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