ITS4ZEB

LIFE ITS4ZEB: Integrated Thermal Energy Storages for Zero Emission Buildings

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  • Project duration: -
  • Project status: ongoing
  • Funding:
    2021 – 2027 (Life+ / EU funding / Project)
  • Institute: Institute for Renewable Energy

LIFE iTS4ZEB will develop and demonstrate novel compact, high performing, cost-effective, modular and integrated Thermal Energy Storages (TES) integrated with heat pump systems.

At the heart of the solution lies an innovative multisource heat pump combined with a PCM storage, which coupling is optimised by novel control algorithms maximising performance, renewable energy utilisation, hence GHG emissions reduction. To further reduce the climate impact of the solution, the heat pump will exploit propane as refrigerant fluid, featuring nearly-zero GWP.

The project adopts a flexible approach for the solutions to be applicable to a wide variety of buildings, newly built or renovated, poorly or well insulated.

The partners will install 50 independents demonstrators across 10 European Member States, in order to test and validate the product in all possible contexts. These will prove the modularity, scalability, and feasibility of the developed technology in operational environment, aiming to reach the industrial and commercial phase at the end of the project.



The partners will install 50 independents demonstrators across the Europe, in 10 countries, in order to test and validate the product in all possible contexts. These will show and prove the modularity, scalability, and feasibility of the developed technology with real-life demonstration in operational environment, aiming to reach the industrial and commercial phase for the project.

In the last decades, the objective of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions has called the researchers to explore and focus on the development of innovative solutions with the aim of translating them in real applications in the next future. In this scenario, energy management and indoor thermal comfort have become challenging issues. Gagliano et al.11 reported that in the European Countries the total cooled floor area is destined to grow up to 2 billion m2 in 2020 (it was 1000 million m2 in 2012).

Therefore, more than 100 TWh/year will be required for building cooling only. The thermal equilibrium of the buildings’ indoor ambient is strictly affected by the thermal fluid-dynamic interaction of the external air with the building envelopes. This has been calling for continuous efforts in studying solutions to prevent the heat from the outdoors to be transferred into the indoor environment. In an interesting critical review work12, Cabeza and Chafer reported the passive and active strategies needed to achieve zero energy buildings (ZEBs).

They can be summarized in four points:
1. Passive sustainable design: building geometry, natural lighting, natural ventilation.
2. Energy saving techniques: building envelope design, heat storage system, lighting design.
3. Renewable energy: photovoltaic system, solar thermal system, geothermal system.
4. Storage or back-up system for renewable energy: fuel cell system, district heating, district cooling, boiler.

With this purpose, Latent Thermal Energy Storage (LTES) systems seem to be a very promising technology. The LTESs take advantage of particular material denoted as Phase Change Materials (PCMs) to store thermal energy. Different PCMs can be retrieved. Among the differences, their common feature is the ability of storing energy through the phase change process from solid to liquid or vice versa. Therefore, LTESs can find applicability in diverse fields: from the building thermal management to the power generation systems from heating ventilation and air conditioning applications to the thermal management of electric car batteries.

LIFE iTS4ZEB will develop and demonstrate a novel compact LTES integrated with a heat pump all-in-one systems for residential applications. The system will be managed by a novel control algorithm maximising performance and renewable energy utilisation. To further reduce the climate impact of the solution, the heat pump will exploit propane as refrigerant fluid, featuring nearly-zero GWP.

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