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Thermal storage systems

A large portion of the energy used in buildings is required for providing space and domestic hot water heating. Thermal energy storage technologies enable the energy efficiency to be significantly increased because the generation and consumption are decoupled time-wise. This therefore enables a larger portion of the energy demand to be met by renewable energies.

Research is being funded concerned with integrating thermal energy storage systems in buildings, cogeneration systems or solar energy systems and developing innovative materials, systems and processes to increase the energy density and output as well as to minimise storage losses. Also included is research on phase change materials and thermochemical storage materials with improved energy and power density and cycle stability.

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