Outreach Activities

“Euro Heat and Power” Congress at May 14-17th, 2017, in Glasgow, UK

Chris Bales and Nicolas Perez  from SHINE work package 1 presented results on solar district heating at the exhibition of the “Euro Heat and Power” Congress at May 14-17th, 2017, in Glasgow, UK. They gave a presentation at the conference, with summary of results, and had posters from all WP1 projects in the SHINE exhibition area.

With over 300 participants, the conference was a good forum to present the results to the industries and fellow researchers alike.

Digitalization was a large theme of the congress, with several presentations. Several IT/ICT specialists have come into the area and developed tools and services based on data driven approaches that are pretty impressive and will likely benefit our research as well.


Solar Process heat at the e-world energy and water fair in Essen February 2017

Members of EU Shine Project Work Package 2 “Solar Process Heat” at the booth at the e-world fair 2017. From left: Julian Hertel (PhD student, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain), Jana Möllenkamp (PhD student, SPF Institute for Solar Technology, Switzerland), Bastian Schmitt (supervisor, University of Kassel), Mercedes Rittmann-Frank (supervisor, SPF Institute for Solar technology, Switzerland), Steven Meyers (PhD student, University of Kassel)

In the framework of the EU SHINE project, each work package had the possibility for an outreach activity to present their results. We seized this opportunity to show the potential of solar heat for industrial processes in a different setting than the typical academic conferences which are visited by specialists familiar with the topic. We opted for the e-world fair, which is the leading energy and water-management fair in Europe, to reach out to industrial end users and to present the possibilities of solar process heat. This year 710 exhibitors from the energy and water-management sectors participated and covered a wide range of topics related to energy generation, storage, efficiency and Smart Energy. The exhibition attracted 25 000 visitors from 71 nations. We had a small booth in the area for start-ups and universities where we displayed our posters. As expected, this area was less frequented than other halls and therefore we actively approached interesting companies and visited their booths. The feedback was generally good and we met with numerous companies such as RWE, BKW, Alpiq, and Viessmann among others. With our visit to the trade fair we could make a small contribution to the dissemination of solar process heat and its benefits to industry.


11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference 2017 (IRES)

The 11th IRES-Conference took place on March, 14th -16th in Düsseldorf (Germany). The focus of this event was on the recent advances in the storage field, both thermal and electrical, discussing the applicability and need for storage in the power, heating and transport sectors.

The three-day program featured a conference and an exhibition, in order to connect the academic world with the business reality. The conference consisted of different poster sessions, presentations and talks, while the exhibition spaced from the latest technologies available on the market to the applicability of the same in decentralized energy supply systems.

The Work Package 3 of the SHINE Project had a slot in the presentation session “Sorption Storage for Solar Heat”, where the whole SHINE project was introduced and the latest results of the WP-3 were presented and discussed. The presentations are listed below:

  • Krekic, K.: Thermal and Dessicant properties of Sorption Media
  • Dang, B.N.: Investigation of Water Evaporation for Closed Sorption Storage System
  • Semprini, S.: Eperimental and Numerical Investigations of an Adsorption Storage for Cooling Applications
  • Lonardi, F.: Heat and Mass Transfer of a H20/LiBr Falling Film Absorber with a Horizontal Tube Bundle

Additional information on the conference, as well as the whole program, can be found at: http://www.eurosolar.de/en/index.php/events/ires-conference-eurosolar


COP 22 Experience, S. Meyers (SHINE PhD Student)

From Left, Steven Meyers, Dave Renné, and Joanna Costello at COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

As a board member at the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), I was invited to attend COP 22 in Marrakech as part a small delegation of NGOs to represent the role that renewable energy will play to reduce the risk of climate change. I had never been to such a high level event with many powerful attendees like the then US Secretary of State John Kerry, so excited would not fully describe how I felt. Arriving at the event was like nothing I have ever seen. Massive tents covered an area larger than multiple football fields filled with people from every corner of the globe, speaking many languages I couldn’t identify. Inside these tents were booths and conference rooms ready to discuss the many topics linked to climate change, including but not limited to agriculture, water, transport, women’s rights, island nations, nuclear power, and fossil fuels.  So many connected topics under one roof! One of my tasks was to support the president of ISES, Dave Renné, during his presentation with the REN-Alliance, emphasizing its goal of 100% renewable energy. While challenging, it serves as a target for industry and researchers to strive for to reduce climate uncertainty in an ever changing world. My time at COP 22 was over faster than I expected with nearly every minute filled with discussions of the problem and solutions of the present and future, not to mention some delicious local food of braised lamb in spices. I left Marrakech with a greater understanding of the many interlinked problems of my generation like climate change, starvation, water scarcity, deforestation, and poverty.  Through this understanding and experience we can forge a better path forward to tackle these issues, making the world better for generations to come.