Research Facilities

The EEIP members have an excellent and extensive infrastructure to execute their research activities for their projects. The facilities listed below are among some of the research facilities used by our members.

HighEFF Lab Coordinator: Ingrid Camilla Claussen
(Ingrid.C.Claussen@sintef.no)

National Laboratories for an Energy Efficient Industry for improved utilization of available industrial surplus heat and a reformation of the efficiency in various industry processes.

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Carnot Lab Coordinator: Soledad van Eijk
(soledad.vaneijk@tno.nl)

Accelerate Sustainable Industrial Heat Management

Achieving the climate objectives in industry requires more research and development into industrial heat technologies. More than 80% of industrial energy consumption is related to the use of heat, which could prove beneficial on the way to a sustainable energy economy. The Carnot lab, which recently expanded its facilities, is taking up this challenge. This heat lab in Petten offers companies the unique opportunity to further develop industrial heat technology on a small and large scale together with TNO.

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Thermal Systems and Energy Efficiency Laboratory

Laboratory located in Azpeitia (SPAIN) designed for developing and testing active and passive equipment and systems and their components, and those related to geothermal and aerothermal energy, absorption and mass and energy transfer, ORC electricity generation, solar thermal energy, heat storage and smart management systems.

Some examples of testing carried out at our facilities:

  • Energy efficiency performance of thermal equipment and systems
  • Dynamic tests emulating specific thermal loads for different applications
  • Durability and failure test
  • Tests using different coolants
  • On-site testing of thermal performance of equipment and facilities and advanced commissioning.
  • Thermal simulation and experimental validation
  • Experimental Validation of Control Systems by dynamic testing

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ENEA Research Facility for building energy efficiency improvement by green infrastructures Coordinator: Dr. Patrizia De Rossi & Dr. Arianna Latini
(arianna.latini@enea.it ; patrizia.derossi@enea.it )

ENEA has developed a prototype building with green infrastructures equipped with a microclimate and environmental monitoring system recording continuously numerous meteorological, radiative and air pollution parameters. There is an extensive green roof and a green wall.

There are different sectors in the green roof with different vegetation types to compare the effects of the specific green coverage on green roof thermal energy performance. The green wall is integrated on a stainless-steel grid fixed to the building wall by anchors. The grid exposes modular planter boxes were climbing and hanging plants cover the framework provided by the grid. Furthermore, integrated to the building there is also a “green” bioclimatic solar greenhouse, equipped with LED illuminance. This “green” building facility allows the evaluation of the thermal fluxes between vegetated and unvegetated walls with the main objective to estimate the electricity saving for the air conditioning of indoor spaces in summer season under Mediterranean climate.

The implementation of green infrastructures as green roofs and walls on industrial buildings, including processing plants and offices, represents a natural tool for reducing climatization energy load since the green layer works as a thermal insulating system. In addition, different sectors in the green roof are used to compare different plant species in relation to the effects of vegetation on building thermal energy performance.

Research is also addressed to select adapted vegetation to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality, capturing major organic volatile compounds (VOCs) emitted by the industrial site.

Fig.: ENEA Research Facility for building energy efficiency improvement by green infrastructures. A) ENEA “green” building; B) “green” building by night, the light is produced by the LED devices installed inside the vegetated solar greenhouse; C) green roof sector with sensors for meteorological parameters (air temperature and relative humidity, wind speed and pluviometer), global radiation and PAR, soil temperature and foliar temperature; D) monitoring meteorological and environmental system in a specific sector of the green wall before being covered by the vegetation; E) wall covered by vegetation.

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Mollier Facility Coordinator: Simon Spoelstra
(simon.spoelstra@tno.nl)

No less than fifteen percent of the energy used by industry is needed for dewatering and drying processses This occurs mainly during the production of paper, chemicals and food. Innovations in this field are generally aimed at improving product quality, while there is also much to be gained from energy savings. TNO is taking up this challenge with the Mollier facility.

With financial support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, TNO will build an advanced infrastructure with equipment to experiment with different types of dewatering and drying technologies in the coming period. Discussions are ongoing with industrial end-users and equipment manufacturers about the exact details of the research programmes that will start this year

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Institute for Fluid Dynamics: Experimental Facilities Coordinator: Dr. Dr. h.c. Gun­ter Gerbeth
(g.gerbeth@hzdr.de)

The institute is conducting basic and applied research in the fields of thermo-fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics in order to improve the sustainability, the energy efficiency and the safety of industrial processes. The topics are embedded in the research field Energy.

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