Conversion systems will play an important role in the optimal use of renewable energy sources and in the interaction between energy networks. They need to be flexible, efficient and equipped with new components in order to be used as energy hub between networks and to deliver extra services to one or more networks. In this context, EnergyVille is working on heat pumps, ORC’s and heat exchanger concepts.

Thermal
Erik De Schutter

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Erik De Schutter

Business Developer Thermal Energy Systems at EnergyVille/VITO
Johan Van Bael

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Johan Van Bael

Project Manager Energy Technology at EnergyVille/VITO

Energy conversion

The extensive development of renewable, distributed energy sources will lead to major changes in the energy networks. Trends include a higher level of interaction between different energy vectors. By using more extensive energy conversion systems like heat pumps and Organic Rankine Cycles (ORC), more efficiency can be obtained in the global energy system. In periods of high electricity prices heat-to-power systems like ORC’s could produce electricity starting from heat. During periods with low electricity prices heat pumps could pump up heat at low temperature to higher temperatures to be used by consumers.

Conversion systems will play an important role in the optimal use of renewable energy sources and in the interaction between energy networks. They need to be flexible, efficient and equipped with new components in order to be used as energy hub between networks and to deliver extra services to one or more networks. Over the past years, EnergyVille has focussed on heat pumps, ORC’s and heat exchanger concepts.