Thermal Components and Systems
About 50% of end use energy in the EU is heat. The department Solar and Systems Engineering develops solutions with the goal to reduce this energy demand by increasing efficiency and integrating renewable heat. The research activities within the “Thermal Components and Systems” group are concerned with the investigation and the development of heat supply systems and their components.
The research is focused on the system level core competencies, which are monitoring and failure detection of (solar) thermal systems, implementation of mathematical optimization algorithms for an improvement of system configurations and operational strategies, increase of energy efficiency of existing heat supply systems.
At component level, development and system integration of large-scale heat storages, the development of solar collectors, as well as the modeling and performance measurement of heat exchangers were investigated.
The range of methodologies includes experimental studies, mathematical modeling, and optimization of thermal components and systems.
Completed projects (since 2007)
- SolarCheck - Development of a unified method and indicator to determine the functionality and the actual performance of and combi-systems
- EnEffUni - Energy Efficiency of Central Asian Universities
- Energetic optimization of the hot water supply system of the central canteen at Kassel University
- FeDet - Development, analysis and application of methods for long term monitoring and automatic fault detection at large solar heating systems
- Increasing energy efficiency in public buildings by optimizing system operation and introducing monetary incentives
- Analysis, evaluation and improvement of energy efficiency of university buildings
- Strategic action plan for increasing energy efficiency in the German higher education sector
- Simulation-based fault detection for large solar thermal systems
- Development, investigation and application of numerical optimization methods for the design process of large solar integrated heating systems
- Basic investigations of simple and cost-efficient charging and discharging systems for large domestic hot water (DHW) storage tanks
- KOMBIFIT- development of an advanced solar combi system with custom collector design and modular storage technology for single and multi-family buildings
- Dynamic modeling of a plate heat exchanger for fresh water stations
- Theoretical and experimental investigations of large, modular and cost-effective solar storages
- Optimization of the air-to-water heat exchanger configuration and system integration in multicomponent solar thermal systems
- Development and measurement of a facade with integrated all-glass solar collectors and complementary system technology for the renovation of existing buildings (SonnEn + Fassade)
- Development of a compact charging and discharging unit for large combi storages
- WISYS - developing a drainback system concept for large solar thermal systems