The Role of Thermal Energy Storage in our Future Energy System
Today more than 50 % of our final energy demand in developed countries is thermal – either heat or cold demand. Projections for our future energy system show, that this demand will become even more relevant. In this context thermal energy storage technologies can contribute substantially to the integration of renewable energies and to an increase in energy efficiency and by this finally to the reduction of CO2 emissions. The available thermal energy storage technologies are able to match the diversity of possible applications in the heating and cooling sector. Flexible sector coupling can offer even more options for a promising application of thermal storage solutions. Actual examples will be presented.
Dr. Andreas Hauer studied Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He made his PhD at the technical University in Berlin. Now is Head of the Division “Energy Storage ” at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, ZAE Bayern, with about 80 emploees. There he is responsible for a number of national and international research projects focussed on thermal and electrical energy storage, thermal driven heat pumps / chillers for industrial and building applications. Dr. Hauer is an international known expert on energy storage in general and specialized on thermal energy storage. For 7 years he was the secretary of the Executive Committee of the Energy Storage Programme within the International Energy Agency IEA. At the moment he is leading one working group on material development for thermal energy storage and another one on “Distributed energy storage for the integration of renewable energies (DESIRE)” within the technology network of the IEA. On the national level he is member of the board of directors of the 2012 established Bundesverband Energiespeicher (BVES), German Energy Storage Association. In this position he is responsible for R&D activities within the association.