The research team of the Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture, the University of Geneva and the Paul Scherrer Institute develop evaluation methods for storage technologies. The evaluation is based on various criteria: technical, economic and environmental (including Life Cycle Analysis). The methodology will be applied to various reference systems like buildings, areas of land, industry and mobility. The Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture develops evaluation methods for the analysis of storage solutions in industrial applications.
The Dual Energy Storage Converter (DESC) combines the storage of electricity, heat and cold. Due to this flexibility, the DESC can be used in industries or in heating / refrigeration networks as an electrical storage or a combined solution. During periods with excess electricity or low electricity prices the heat / cold storage can be loaded with the heat pump. The DESC, with its heat or cold storage, can generate electricity in times of high electricity demand and high prices. Furthermore, DESC can readily provide heating or cooling from its thermal storage in order to cover the process heating / cooling demands in the industry (e.g. pasteurization, cooling of products) and the room heating / cooling in buildings.
The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences invests in the DESC technology and its application. It plans to install a pilot plant in an industrial firm in Switzerland by 2020.
Analytics laboratory: The new analytics laboratory provides the necessary infrastructure to conduct thorough analyses of thermal material with a special focus on storage applications. The laboratory can be accessed by other SCCER partners and external clients. Further information
The “Swiss Symposium Thermal Energy Storage” (SSTES) is the ideal platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience on thermal storage. The group “Thermal Energy Storage” organizes the SSTES yearly and is part of the SCCER “Storage of Electricity and Heat”. Further information
The new module “energy storage systems” addresses the basic principles of thermal and electrical storage and all the technologies and applications that are important to the existing and future energy systems. The course is supplemented by practical laboratory exercises and case study analyses which include economic and system integrative considerations.