Thermal energy conversion involves the conversion of residual heat and heat from sustainable sources – such as solar energy, biomass or geothermal heat – to other energy carriers, such as electricity, heat at a different temperature level or cold.

Conversion systems also form the link between the various energy networks and may therefore act as energy hubs. Apart from being energy efficient, these system must also be able to respond to supply and demand in the various networks with sufficient flexibility. This research activity focuses on the development, demonstration and implementation of intelligent control for conversion systems and on increasing their efficiency and flexibility. Here VITO/EnergyVille focuses on heat-pump systems, binary systems for the conversion of heat into electricity and heat exchangers.

Publications

Resource recovery from and management of wastewater in rural South Africa: Possibilities and practices
Year: 
2021
Journal: 
JOURNAL OF WATER PROCESS ENGINEERING
Montwedi, M; Munyaradzi, M; Pinoy, L; Dutta, A; Ikumi, DS; Motoasca, E; Van der Bruggen, B
Using reinforcement learning for maximizing residential self-consumption - Results from a field test
Year: 
2020
Journal: 
ENERGY AND BUILDINGS
Soares, A; Geysen, D; Spiessens, F; Ectors, D; De Somer, O; Vanthournout, K
Active subspaces for the optimal meanline design of unconventional turbomachinery (vol 127, pg 1108, 2017)
Year: 
2019
Journal: 
APPLIED THERMAL ENGINEERING
Bahamonde, S; Pini, M; De Servi, C; Schiffmann, J; Colonna, P
Corrosion and corrosion prevention in heat exchangers
Year: 
2019
Journal: 
CORROSION REVIEWS
Faes, W; Lecompte, S; Ahmed, ZY; Van Bael, J; Salenbien, R; Verbeken, K; De Paepe, M
Costing methods for combined heat-and-power plants fueled by zero-marginal cost energy sources
Year: 
2019
Journal: 
ENERGY CONVERSION AND MANAGEMENT
Van Erdeweghe, S; Van Bael, J; D'haeseleer, W

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