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

Optimization of heat exchanger design taking corrosion into account
Year:
2022
Journal:
THERMAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PROGRESS
Faes, W; Van Bael, J; Lecompte, S; Verbeken, K; De Paepe, M
Conduction-based charging maps for latent heat storages
Year:
2022
Journal:
JOURNAL OF ENERGY STORAGE
Peremans, B; Blommaert, M; Baelmans, M
A Code for the Preliminary Design of Cooled Supercritical CO2 Turbines and Application to the Allam Cycle
Year:
2022
Journal:
JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME
Scaccabarozzi, R; Martelli, E; Pini, M; De Servi, CM; Chiesa, P; Gatti, M
Revisiting impulsive stimulated thermal scattering in supercooled liquids: Relaxation of specific heat and thermal expansion
Year:
2021
Journal:
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS
Gandolfi, M; Liu, LW; Zhang, PF; Kouyate, M; Salenbien, R; Banfi, F; Glorieux, C
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