Decarbonizing the Thermal Energy System- applying the Energy Hub concept
Decarbonising the Thermal Energy System – applying the Energy Hub concept
How can thermal energy systems (heating and cooling) be operated CO2-free and consequently with renewable energy? How can consumption and production be aligned to build an economic infrastructure? A holistic view of the energy supply enables new approaches, but increases the complexity in planning and operation. How can high system complexity be efficiently taken into consideration? What effect do different climate regions have on decisions of thermal energy systems? This and other questions are the focus of our Energy Hub research area.
With the Energy Hub approach, we are able to design holistic, regionally specific solutions at the building, neighbourhood, city and region levels and find their techno-economic optima. Based on available, natural energy potentials, urban and technological developments, specific solutions are calculated and their optima presented in a Pareto Front. At the extrema of this Pareto Front, solutions can be chosen with minimum cost or maximum CO2 emission reductions. In between, all other optima of the solution space are presented. Depending on the project requirements, such solutions can be chosen.
Prof. Matthias Sulzer, Head SCCER FEEB&D, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, a Research Institute of the ETH Domain.
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Prof. Matthias Sulzer is the head of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research - Buildings and Areas (SCCER-FEEBD) at Empa and teaches at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Matthias Sulzer founded Inretis Holding AG with two partners. In 2018 he merged with poenina. Today, the listed company with over 1,000 employees is active in the field of energy and building technology as well as building evelopes.