Demonstration and integration of sustainable heating and cooling solutions
Fulfilling the targets of Europe’s energy and climate strategy.
The Energy Union and the Energy and Climate Policy Framework for 2030 has set ambitious targets for the European Union (EU) (icons). The majority of the existing European residential building stock was constructed before the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). There is large potential to achieve solutions that can be integrated to existing dwellings and through different measures. One of those measures is optimizing use and management of thermal energy by allowing it to be stored to level demand peaks, increasing use of renewables affected by intermittency such as solar-based heating. Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems offer an increase in overall efficiency and better reliability when applied in an energy framework, leading to better economics, reductions in investment and running costs, as well as reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Sustainable heating, cooling and electricity storage
The overall objective of the MiniStor project is to design and develop a novel compact, integrated thermal storage system for achieving sustainable heating, cooling and electricity storage that can be adapted to new and existing residential buildings. The system includes an innovative HEMS (Home Energy Management System).
MiniStor contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
Our Work Plan
The research work plan followed by MiniStor to achieve its targeted objectives and impacts it´s structured in 8 work packages (WPs) subdivided by Tasks.
8 Work Packages
WP1 is dedicated to project management. WP 2 to WP5 deal with research and technological development. WP6 deploys the prototypes in different climatic zones of Europe, while WP7 and WP8 study market implementation and dissemination, respectively. WPs2 to 5 are interlinked for developing the system, design and development of its components (WP3) validation of technologies to integrate TCM and PCM materials (WP4), and develop its energy management system WP5.
The MiniStor consortium consist of 17 members distributed across EU member states, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The consortium as a whole can supply the expected requirements that are needed to complete the project, both for the supply chain and the demonstration sites.
A well-balanced consortium
The consortium is well-balanced, combining large industry with research capability: SGS (who will collaborate with the standardization efforts); SMEs with research capability and who are also technology providers: EndeF, ENETECH; research organizations: Tyndall-IERC, CARTIF, CERTH-CPERI +ITI, CNRS-PROMES, EMI, HSLU and University of Santiago de Compostela; an specific exploitation professional: R2M; a dissemination and communication professional: FEUGA; and the responsible partners for the demonstration sites: Cork City Council (a government organization), DUTH (an academic organization) and Woodspring (a SME) who also collaborate through their inputs to the research effort. The partner structure and allocation of activities corresponds to their expertise and experience in Horizon 2020 projects, fitting project objectives and avoiding inefficiency. Industrial partners also have research knowledge and involvement. The geographical spread of partners’ locations and demonstration sites also ensures that the project can be implemented at a European scale. The types of demonstration sites also ensure that the most characteristic types of residential usage and building stock age are represented to prove the relevance and improvement that the system brings.