High-capacity and high-performance Thermal energy .. (Hi-ThermCap)
High-capacity and high-performance Thermal energy storage Capsule for low-carbon andenergy efficient heating and cooling systems
Start date: Mar 1, 2016,
End date: Aug 31, 2016
The Hi-ThermCap project offers a solution for the macro-encapsulation of phase-change materials (PCM) for use in gaseousand aqueous systems as a heat transfer medium. The expected outcome of this innovation project is to put at the market’sdisposal a unique solution for thermal energy storage in heating and cooling systems in Europe.The heating industry is recognized as the sector with the biggest energy-saving potential in Europe. In the low temperaturerange of -20 to +100°C, most of the thermal energy amounts are required and then discarded, in particular in our buildingsand industries. PCM are recognized among the key materials to save these huge energy and – at the same time – CO2amounts. They can run through a reproducible phase-change at a substance-specific temperature, during which the thermalenergy is either stored in very large amounts or returned at a constant temperature. Since decades, an adequate method isbeing sought to transfer PCM into a user-friendly form. Both existing micro- and macro-encapsulation solutions for PCMstorage have until now revealed not industrially and economically viable enough for a broad application. The most commonsolution in use in Europe is sensible heat storage (e.g. water storage tank) that has a low energy density and thermalstorage capacity.ESDA offers an affordable, easy-of-use, high-capacity and high-performance solution in the form of a PCM-filled capsuleable to function in combination with all heat exchangers, including renewable energy technologies. The markets addressedare the high-volume heating and cooling market for residential and service sector buildings in Europe, but also the verypromising industrial heating and cooling market. ESDA first calculations foresee a large impact in the application with solarthermal collectors and heat pumps, with a cumulated turnover of €2,256M and additional 75 job creations at strategicEuropean locations within the first 6 years after project completion.
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