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Energies Webinar | The Role of Thermochemical Materials for Energy Storage

Part of the MDPI Energies Webinars series
19 Sep 2022, 09:00 (CEST)

Thermal Energy Storage, Materials, PCM, TCM
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Welcome from the Chair

7th Energies Webinar

The Role of Thermochemical Materials for Energy Storage

A simple question that arises concerns: why so much interest in Thermochemical Materials and why there is so much talk about them. The answer is neither simple nor immediate but with the help of some data and numbers everything appears clearer. Given that Europe is making pioneering choices in terms of energy & climate, some numbers that regarding European needs and requirements can be of great help to them, to frame the problem and indicate the appropriate answers. The European Green Deal aims to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. To make this objective, the Commission proposed the European Climate Law”, which also sets a new, more ambitious net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least -55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Among the many objectives, one in particular deserves a mention: increase to 32% of the share of renewable.

Heating&Cooling constitutes some more than 50% of the final energy demand in Europe and represents by far the largest energy sector to be decarbonized.

Highly urbanized areas play a key role in achieving climate neutrality by 2050, the goal of the European Green Deal. These areas occupy only 4% of the EU land area, but are home to 75% of EU citizens. Furthermore, these areas absorb over 65% of the world's energy and account for over 70% of global CO2 emissions.

In the Europe all buildings are responsible for around 40% of total consumption, and the residential sector for 26%. Since 2000 consumption of the sector has grown significantly and the vast majority (78%) is used for space heating and domestic hot water. In 2019, most energy for heating and cooling was produced from fossil fuels (75% of the total), while renewable sources only provided 22%.

Solar energy is confirmed today the most widespread, substantial and mature renewable energy capable of transporting our planet towards a truly sustainable ecological transition. In addition to PV technologies, the most mature technological solution concerns thermodynamic topic that will be primary players in the near future.

Unfortunately solar energy as well as almost all other renewable energies are characterized by intermittence. Hence the need to develop storage solutions capable of managing the slippage between availability and demand. TCMs represent a great opportunity and solution as they are independent of times, temperature levels and can store huge amounts of energy.

Date: 19 September 2022

Time: 9:00am CEST | 3:00am EDT | 3:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 818 4940 3014

Webinar Secretariat:


Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

Maurizio De Lucia is Professor of SYSTEMS FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, director of CREAR (Interdepartmental Center for Alternative and Renewable Energy). He is leading the Solar Technology Development at University of Florence. His research interests include thermal solar system, energy storage and energy-communities. Particular interest regards concentrating solar energy collectors and Assessment of Renewable Energy Sources and integration of RES in sustainable energy scenarios. He is currently National Delegate for European IWG-CPS (Concentrated Solar Power Implementation Working Group for European SET-PLAN) Member of the National BOARD of Horizon 2020 for the CLEAN ENERGY sector untin 2021. Prof DE Lucia has been awarded many research grants and contracts to support his research activities and published over 100 research papers in academic journals and conferences.

Invited Speakers

Thermal Energy Storage Group, Loughborough University, UK

Philip Eames is Professor of Renewable Energy, Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, and the Energy Global Challenge lead at the University of Loughborough, UK. He previously held Chairs in Energy Efficiency and Conservation at the University of Warwick and Solar Energy Applications at the University of Ulster. His research interests include thermal energy storage materials and systems, energy demand and efficiency in the built environment, energy efficient building façade components and systems, efficient use of heat in industry and concentrating solar energy collectors. Prof Eames was a member of the EPSRC’s Scientific Advisory Committee on energy research until March 2022 and is currently a member of the Supergen HLG. As PI or Co-I, Prof Eames has been awarded over 40 research grants and contracts to support his research activities and published over 200 research papers in academic journals and conferences.

Head of Unit Thermal Storage AEE, Institut for Sustainable Technologies Department Thermal Energy Technologies and Hybrid Systems, Gleisdorf, Austria

Wim van Helden studied Technical Physics and since 2014 he is working with AEE INTEC in Gleisdorf, Austria, where he is leading the department of Technology Development. He has long experience in leading national and international research and demonstration projects, developing large scale Thermal Energy Storage and compact Thermal Energy Storage. He is also board member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) and member of the scientific committee of IRES, the International Renewable Energy Storage conference and from 2009, he is also leading three successive Tasks on Compact Thermal Energy Storage from the International Energy Agency IEA, Solar Heating and Cooling programme.

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Time in CEST

Chair Prof. Dr. Maurizio De Lucia

Chair Introduction

9:00 - 9:20 am

Prof. Dr. Philip Eames

Thermal Energy Storage for Domestic Applications

9:20 - 9:50 am

Prof. Dr. Wim Van Helden

Work on Compact Thermal Energy Storage Materials and Components in the Iea TASK67/TASK40

9:50 - 10:20 am


10:20 - 11:00 am

Closing of Webinar

Chair Prof. Dr. Maurizio De Lucia

11:00 – 11:10 am

Relevant SIs

Thermo-Mechanical Energy Storage
Guest Editors: Dr. Yasser Mahmoudi Larimi, Dr. Edward Barbour, Dr. Tongtong Zhang & Prof. Dr. Zhibin Yu
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2022

Solar Thermochemical Energy Storage and CO2 Capture
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Fabio Montagnaro and Dr. Roberto Solimene
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 17 March 2023

Energy Storage/Conversion Materials: Fundamentals and Applications
Guest Editors: Dr. Meysam Makaremi and Dr. Bohayra Mortazavi
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022

Advances in Thermal Energy Storage Materials
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Angel G Fernández and Dr. Judith Vidal-Gomez
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022

The Prospects for Renewable Energy Storage: Technology, Process, and New Materials
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Abdul Hai Al-Alami
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2023

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