Third-cycle subject: Energy and Environmental Systems, Energy Technology
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) UN, 2015 contain a matrix of visions towards a sustainable future. Associated with several SDGs, energy storage is one of the solutions to reach goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy through energy shifting and peak shaving, goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities with better use of decentralized energy sources and goal 13 Climate Action with higher integration of intermittent renewable energy among others. Thermal energy storage with Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are in focus for their small temperature swing and high energy storage density.
We aim to investigate the potential of using Phase Change Materials (PCMs) in combination with underground thermal energy storage (UTES) and heat pumps for accelerating heating and cooling transition. Here we will perform technical-economic analysis of existing energy storage systems. The three goals are: Monitoring ongoing projects with key performance indicators in different climate regions; development of integrated UTES with PCM with optimized control strategies to cover both short/long term storage; and business cases development with environmental and economic sustainability considerations. During the work, the PhD candidate is expected to have international cooperation with EU partners and nationally from the respective projects funding the doctoral project. The final outcome of this project will serve as benchmark for other thermal energy storage projects and will be published in both scientific and popular science journals with a final dissemination workshop.
Supervision: Assoc. Prof. Docent Justin Chiu as the main supervisor of the doctoral student. Dr. Saman Nimali Gunasekara as the co-supervisor is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admissionWhat we offer
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