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Thermal energy storage systems theory

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This course introduces system level approach to thermal energy storage (TES), considering the fundamentals of TES, and how it can improve the sustainability of energy systems.

TES is introduced by assessing the need for its application, including excess heat from industrial and energy sector installations, production and demand mismatch (especially with RES production) and the role of consumer side incentive such as dynamic electricity and heat tariffs. A common approach is taken to all TES technologies emphasising the importance of temperatures and timescale (seasonal vs short term).

The use of TES at different levels is then assessed as follows:

  1. Power plants, industrial level, including use of DH network for storage
  2. Community level e.g. ATES, BTES, CTES, PTES
  3. Buildings e.g. thermal mass, phase change materials, chemical storage, DSM with HP ground heat storage (rock/soil)

Delivery method: Online course with distant learning, video lectures, exercises and reflective essays. The theory course does not involve a project work.

Exam: Various individual tasks that will be evaluated during the course, individual submission dates.

Responsible teachers

Aalto University
Sam Cross
samuel.cross(at)aalto.fi
Aalto University
Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio , Assistant professor
annukka.santasalo(at)aalto.fi

Contact person for applications

FITech
Pilvi Lempiäinen , Head of study services
pilvi.lempiainen(at)fitech.io
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Category:
Energy storages
Topic:
Applications and technologies of energy storages
Course code:
AAE-EV
Credits:
3 ECTS
Price:
0 €
Level:
Teaching period:
15.6.–31.8.2020
Application deadline:
Application period has ended
Host university:
Aalto University
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
Teaching methods:
Online
Language:
English
General prerequisites:
Bachelor-level studies
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