MiniStor aims at designing and producing a novel compact integrated storage system for achieving a sustainable heating, cooling and electricity storage adaptable to residential buildings. The main goal is optimizing the use and management of energy by storing it, levelling peaks and increasing the use of renewables.
The system is constituted by a thermochemical reactor, hot and cold phase-change materials, Li-ion batteries responsive to grid signals and renewable sources such as hybrid photovoltaic thermal panels. The system is managed by a smart Home Energy Management System connected to the Internet of Things, and validated in four demonstration sites (Ireland, Spain, Greece and Hungary).
- Multifunctional thermal energy storage.
- Integration of self-harvesting RES options.
- Improvement of building performance.
- Methods for decreased istallation time.
- Minimum environmental impact.
- Circular economy-riven business models.
- Demostration of solutions leading to net energy consumptions at least 25% lower, with reliable long-term performance in multi-cyclic seasonal operation, 20 years lifetime and payback below 10 years.
- Delivery of compact systems with a storage volume below 1m³, which fits in existing and future single buildings.
- Use of high energy-density storage materials (storage densities up to 10 times higher than water).
- An innovative and minimal-size storage solution for existing and new residential buildings.
- Storage throughout the year for heating, cooling and electricity to increase profitability.
- A user-friendly tool conceived to increase consumers comfort.
- Reduction of Energy Consumption in Buildings by at least 44% with a return on investment period of 6/7 years.
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