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Efficient Thermal Systems
As the proportion of renewable thermal energy in heat networks increases, so will the need for new types of energy production, conversion, and storage components. In order to align intermittent renewable energy production with the dynamic demand of systems like heat networks, buildings, and industrial processes, modeling and simulating the systems and their components is the only way to ensure optimal management of the different sources of thermal energy.
Therefore, Liten focuses its research on innovative components like:
Liten has the capacity to integrate these components at different scales and to develop digital management tools validated on simulators that couple renewable energy sources and either urban heat networks or industrial processes. In terms of scaleup, Liten possesses test loops and demonstrator systems in actual industrial environments (the Calorie micro-network, the Multitherme demonstrator).
Residential buildings, which account for 40% of total energy consumption in France, are an integral part of Liten's energy research. Improving the performance of residential energy equipment is high on Liten's list of priorities. The institute tests new concepts on instrumented demonstrator buildings (the INCAS test houses, the FACT infrastructure) and on real buildings. To date, 200 occupied buildings are being monitored, providing valuable data on real-world usage that is used to improve control strategies.
The European SunHorizon program, which brings together 20 partners including CEA Liten, aims to integrate different kinds of innovative heat pumps into buildings, all using solar energy, thermal and photovoltaic. 8 experiments were thus carried out in Europe.
In research conducted for the EU INTEGRAL project, Liten, a CEA Tech institute, helped scale up second-generation thermoelectric materials and validation-test their use on functional thermoelectric generator demonstrators.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.