Low Cost Demand Side Flexibility Solutions for Buildings and Energy Systems

One aspect of European socio-political strategy is the development of a sustainable and independent energy supply. This target can be met by extending the reach of regenerative energy systems and weaving an intelligent network between energy supply, storage and distribution. Solutions that keep in mind optimized overall systems present a promising technological approach. 

Austria has a leading position in developing and distributing bio mass boiler installations. The larger an installation, the more varied the fuels are that it has to be able to process; this in turn increases the requirements an installation has to meet in terms of combustion control and low emissions combustion.

Researchers in building technology as well as in energy & environmental management work on developing cost-efficient heat pump systems with demand-side-management capabilities and expand the range of fuels, including their optimal combustion.

The Regionalmanagement Burgenland provides EFRE-funds in the amount of 730,000€ so researchers can adapt and improve their laboratory infrastructure. These funds allow purchasing a low-temperature-range climate cabin, a mobile monitoring system and a weather station to enable our researchers to explore DSM-ready system solutions. In order to chart the thermodynamic states of individual building zones based on sensor data, existing sensor data is adapted to provide a solid data base for the continuous development of air conditioning systems. A thermostat and a vacuum chamber are installed to further develop small heat pump technologies so researchers can simulate precisely defined heat pump operating conditions. In addition to the experimental methods there will be an HPC-infrastructure that generates numerical simulation environments (ANSYS FLUENT and COMSOL Multiphysics).

The prerequisites in terms of infrastructure needed for future research projects in fields such as combustion analytics and emission control technology, as well as different test stands for the treatment and processing, energetic usage and even for combustion sensor systems are also acquired with funds that stem from this project. Finally yet importantly, the project enables the purchase of an extended simulation software for the development and optimization of thermodynamic circular processes.

The project team - Florian Wenig, Christian Heschl, Helmut Plank, Werner Stutterecker, Jürgen Krail and Alexandra Treitel of Fachhochschule and Franz Hengel, Thomas Schoberer, Sebastian Schuh and Alexandra Baldwin of Forschung Burgenland – combine forces in order to update the existing laboratory infrastructure in compliance with the EFRE-guidelines. This ensures that both Fachhochschule and Forschung Burgenland remain sought-after partners in research projects throughout the region.

Duration: 05/2016 – 09/2017

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