CARTIF Projects

THUMBS UP

Thermal energy storage solutions to optimally manage Buildings and unlock their grid balancing and flexibility potential

Description

THUMBS UP project aims to develop and demonstrate thermal energy storage (TES) at daily (based on PCM) and weekly level (based on TCM sorption technology)- solutions to be easily integrate in EU buildings (both connected and not-connected to DHN) to increase their energy efficiency as well as to exploit Power-to-Heat approaches also to make EU Buildings as grid flexibility actors. The ambition of THUMBS UP is therefore to deeply demonstrate this technology in three demosites (a single-family building and two multi-family buildings) in different EU climates and energy market contexts, also to assess key enabling technologies to optimize thermal comfort and energy efficiency in buildings as well as to promote Power-to-heat as facilitator of RES grid integration in a sector coupling approach. To achieve such overall objective, THUMBS UP will realize and demonstrate PCM and TCM solutions with the following key metrics: Size: modular solutions from 3-9-14-20-100 kWh to guarantee TES integration in different building area; Energy Density: target 65 kWh/m3 for short-duration TES, 120 kWh/m3 for long duration TES (4 weels after chnage) at system level, Competitive costs: target 140€/kWh for short duration TES and 200€/kWh for long duration TES. 

Objectives

    • Design, manufacturing and testing of PCM-based short-term TES suitable for building integration, for space heating and DHW provision, targeting compactness, modularity, ease od integration with H&C systems in buildings, and CAPEX reduction. The system will be also equipped with temperatura and pressure sensors for the SoC monitoring as well as system maintenance.
    • Design, manufacturing and testing of a modular sorption TES, suitable for integration in existing heating and cooling systems, especially targeting the maximization of energy efficiency, through a synergic operation with heat pumps. The system will also comprise an integrated low-cost power-to-heat device to properly exploit the connection with the electrical grid and will make use of already established and industrially implemented architecture design to minimize the CAPEX. It will be also equipped with temperature and pressure sensores for the SoC monitoring as well as system maintenance.
    • Validation campaign of the THUMS UP solutions in a living-lab (CARTIF III), in order to perform a technology debug, improving the system integration and analysing the operation of the BEMS as well as the management tools developed. This activity will make smoother the following integration and testing in the demo cases and will validate the full set of THUMBS UP technologies (short and long-duration), to analyse the maximum degree of flexibility provided by these solutions in a single building.
    • To demonstrate the high advance of the proposed THUMS UP solution in three real building environments characterized by different climate conditions. type of energy demand, and H&C systems: i) Short-duration TES solution demonstrated in Multi-family building in warm climate (Spain), not connected to DHN; ii) Short-duration TES solution demonstrated in a multi-family building in cold climate (Sweden), DHN connected; iii) Long-duration TES to be tested in a single-family building in warm climate (Spain), nonconnected to DHN.

Actions

  • Assessment of the existing monitoring and control infrastructure in the demosites (for demonstration and simulation).
  • DAILY-PCM TES controller development and definition of SoC Estimation methods. 
  • THUMBS UP Demo Campaign and Monitoring via KPIs (also with the development of a monitoring cockpit).
  • Environmental benefit of THUMBS UP solutions (LCA/LCC).
  • Scientific Quality Assurance Plan and Management.

Expected Results

  • Assessment of the existing monitoring and control infrastructure and guidelines for THUMBS UP.
  • Dynamic modelling of THUMBS-UP solutions and demo sites towards controller development. 
  • Validation campaign report in CARTIF III. THUMBS UP experimental site to provide data to validate the models and technology behaviour. 
  • THUMBS UP sustainability assessment via LCA/LCC.
  • Smart controllers of THUMBS UP solutions.

Partners

 

1. VEOLIA (VEO) Coordinator
2. FUNDACION CARTIF (CAR)
3. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA (UNIGE)
4. CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE (CNR)
5. UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA (UdL)
6. algoWatt SpA (ALGOW)
7. Pluss Advanced Technologies BV (PLUSS)
8. SORPTION TECHNOLOGIES GMBH (SORPT)
9. GRADYENT B.V. (GRADY)
10. ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS – CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS CERTH (CERTH)
11. JOHANNEBERG SCIENCE PARK AB (JSP)
12. I-TES SRL (I-TES)
13. GRID SINGULARITY GMBH (GSY)
14. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MESSINA (UNIME)
15. Kelvin BV (KELVIN)
16. UBITECH ENERGY (UBE)
17. NANOPHOS ANONIMI EMPORIKI ETAIRIA ANAPTIXIS KAI YPIRESION – NANOPHOS COMMERCIAL SOCIETE ANONYME OF SERVICES AND DEVELOPMENT (NAN)
18. THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE LBG (ESRI)
19. POLITECNICO DI TORINO (POLITO)
20. THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (UoB)

    Horizon Europe

    101096921

    Total Budget: 7,631,369 €

    CARTIF Budget: 661,250 €

    CARTIF Financing: 661,250 €

    Duration: 01/01/2023 – 31/12/2026

    Responsible

    Ismael Lozano Gabarre

    Researcher at the Energy Division

    ismloz@cartif.es

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