October 22nd and 23rd 2019 were two exciting and productive days for the HEAT-INSYDE team, who met in Eindhoven to kick-off their industry-academia collaboration. Coordinated by TNO, 23 members from the project consortium met to plan the next steps to advance a compact, affordable and robust heat battery technology and bring it to the market.
Accompanied by a warming Dutch sun, the meeting opened with introductions to the heat battery system and project management presented by TNO, followed by details and discussion on the demonstration locations planned for the Netherlands, France and Poland presented by CEA and the planned communication, dissemination and exploitation strategies presented by TNO and accelopment. An inspiring visit to the Dutch Design Week (DDW) in Eindhoven was the perfect way to wrap up the first day of the kick-off. A prototype of the closed-loop heat battery technology developed during the European Horizon 2020 project CREATE is currently exhibited at the DDW. Within the HEAT-INSYDEproject, the technology will be further advanced into a market-ready product.
The second day of the kick-off on October 23rd opened with productive planning discussions around the market analysis and business assessment presented by Engie. Technical details were in focus for the rest of the day, during which the heat battery’s system requirements and development of the closed-loop system were presented by TNO, followed by aspects of system integration provided by CEA and details on the battery’s components presented by BeSol. Optimisation and production of thermal storage materials presented by TU/e concluded the technical discussions and after the project’s first Executive Board Meeting the HEAT-INSYDE consortium wrapped up a successful kick-off meeting.
HEAT-INSYDE is now off to a great start working to support Europe’s the transition to renewable energy systems, with 4.5 years ahead to bring an innovative heat battery to the market for domestic heat storage and sustainable living.