Webinar: RESTORE Overall Concept, Thermochemical Energy Storage (TCES) and the reversible Organic Rankine Cycle (rORC)

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  • Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CET)


About this webinar:

In this webinar, get to know more about the RESTORE concept, which aims to decarbonize the heating and cooling sector, based on the combination of two key innovative technologies: the Thermochemical Energy Storage (TCES) and the reversible Heat Pump (HP) / Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC).

TCES allows for harnessing the enormous amount of energy that is normally wasted due to the mismatch between energy demand (loads) and energy generation (related to the availability of renewable resources or waste heat). The rORC enables to integrate a wide variety of renewable technologies as well as waste heat into the energy system to supply the energy demand under the specific conditions laid down by each District Heating network.

This webinar will provide comprehensive insights into how to integrate a wide variety of Renewable Energy Sources in District Heating and Cooling networks, enabling them to be 100% renewable to radically improve their environmental sustainability. Moreover, brand-new research results will be presented including the development of a TCES prototype and the design optimization of reversible Organic Rankine Cycles.

Q/A Session: This webinar will include a 25-minute Q/A session and a recording of the webinar will be available on the RESTORE channel afterwards.

This webinar is organized and hosted by the Steinbeis Research Institute for Solar and Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems Solites.


Francisco C. Nuñez (CENER)

Francisco C. Nuñez is a research engineer with more than 6 years of experience in the modelling and simulation of solar collectors, Concentrating Solar Power plants and Thermal Energy Storage (TES)  systems. His expertise lies in the development of innovative TES solutions, ranging from medium to high-temperature storage. After earning  his master’s degree from the University of Seville (Spain), he started working on Andalusian Association for Research and Industrial Cooperation. He later joined the Solar Thermal & Thermal Energy Storage Department of Fundación CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain), actively contributing to national and international research projects and represents Fundación CENER on global platforms. He is the author of various research papers and regularly conducts manuscripts reviews for peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is the coordinator of the RESTORE project.

Presentation: RESTORE objectives & overall concept

Prof. Andreas Werner (Technische Universität Wien)

Andreas Werner is an associate professor at TU Wien at the Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics (IET). IET has during the last 10 years been specializing on the topics of energy storage, on novel thermodynamic cycles and on industrial energy systems. The spectrum of work at IET covers CSP, sCO2 system modelling, sensible and latent as well as TCES concepts. In RESTORE, TU Wien is leading WP2 on a High Energy-density Thermochemical Storage for daily and seasonal Energy Storage in DHC. Andreas Werner’s research expertise lies on thermochemical energy storage, industrial waste heat recovery, reactive multiphase flow, dynamic simulation of fluid-bound of power distribution systems and metal hydride storage. His current research focus is in the fields of TCES and sCO2 power cycles. He is project manager of the currently running SCARABEUS project.

Presentation: Thermochemical Energy Storage – 1st key technology

Marco Astolfi, Ph.D. (Politecnico di Milano)

Dr. Marco Astolfi is a senior researcher and lecturer in the Energy Engineering Department of Politecnico di Milano. He is author of 58 scientific papers, book chapters and conference proceedings in power conversion with non-conventional thermodynamic cycles, multi energy systems optimization and low carbon technologies. His research interest in ORC technology started during Master Degree thesis and has been consolidated during the PhD focused on techno-economical optimization of ORC for several test cases and applications. He has played significant roles in international organizations focused on ORC and has carried out research activities with ORC manufacturers (Exergy, Turboden, Zuccato Energia) and companies  in ORC filed (Enel, Edison, LU-VE, Saipem, Sorgenia) leading numerical studies and on field activities focused on performance assessment of ORC power plants.

Presentation: reversible Organic Rankine Cycle – 2nd key technology


March 19
13:30 - 16:00

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