SmarThor, research platform for multi-energy systems and markets
With the SmarThor programme EnergyVille is developing an overarching ICT platform for the new labs in Genk. As a result, new optimisation strategies can be tested, with simultaneous use being made of installations in the Battery Testing Lab, Thermo Technical Lab, Home Lab, and garage as well as the building technology, PV systems... and simulated systems. In this way, researchers have a test environment where experiments can easily be scaled up from the lab to real life.
Architecture and interfaces are defined from the outset in such a way that tests are possible from multi-energy optimisations. We understand ‘energy’ here as a service whereby customers are offered comfort (heating, cooling, lighting, cooking, etc.), while the supplier manages the complexity and has maximum flexibility to complete the task via residual heat (energy-efficiency/recovery), cogeneration (simultaneous production of heat and electricity), heat pumps (conversion of electricity into heat and cold), thermal storage, electrical storage, etc.
Parallel to the development of this ICT platform, EnergyVille is working on potential market models for energy services and multi-energy solutions.
Help develop the experiments
EnergyVille is not pursuing this project alone; we are reaching out to all stakeholders in this story to shape the different (and even competing) visions of future energy supply together. We will then analyse these visions further and develop them into experiments and later project plans. We also assess the feasibility of the various aspects such as local situation, technical integration, joint objective, underlying market model, mutual responsibilities, and regulatory framework. To make these experiments as realistic as possible, EnergyVille is collaborating with the relevant authorities and market participants to install zones with few regulations during the experiments.
Make your residential area or industrial site the most sustainable
Thor Park is the first cluster where EnergyVille will validate the platform and the technology. Together with our partners we are also seeking additional clusters such as a residential area, industrial site or both where we can carry out these experiments in real life, with the best potential possible.
SmarThor is the third work package in the project 'Towards a Sustainable Energy Supply in Cities', part of the Strategic Action Programme Limburg (SALK). It enables EnergyVille to create an even better integrated first-rate research centre by 2018, with a 1,400 m² laboratory facility, top-notch equipment, expert teams and fourteen pioneering demonstrators, in partnership with local industry. This research centre will be a focal point for international industrial partners.
More specifically, we strengthen these three axes of our research: