On this page an overview of the current research projects can be found. Click on one of the projects for a more detailed description of the project and contact persons. For an overview of the former projects go to the former projects page.
Multi-scale modelling and Experimental validation of Thermochemical Energy Storage materials (Particle – Pellet – Packed bed) - ME4TES – PPP The aim of ME4TES is to understand the structure-property relationships of heat and mass transfer, describe this behavior in models and provide design criteria for optimally functioning TCMs inside a component of the thermal battery. The long-term aim is to accelerate the development of an efficient and compact heat battery and to support other running projects as mentioned above.
Radial Multi-Zone Dryer The Radial Multi-zone Dryer (RMZD) is a new type of spray dryer which combines low Capex, low Opex, premium product properties and low specific energy consumption. The RMZD is an intensified spray drying technology which combines a very short residence time in a central zone with high-temperature injection with rapid transfer to a peripheral zone with mild-temperature injection. This trajectory yields better product properties than powder produced in conventional spray dryers. Furthermore, high temperature drying improves energy efficiency, thus reducing the specific energy consumption of drying and so the carbon footprint of dried (dairy and other) products. Improved product properties relates to e.g. nutritional value (mild processing) as well as to functionality (e.g. solubility) of the product. Due to intensified drying, the size, viz. footprint, of the dryer will be smaller than of conventional spray dryers, thus reducing investments in equipment, building and operation. In addition, centrifugal forces in the dryer efficiently separate powder particles from the drying air, meaning integration of particles separation in the dryer chamber and so further reduced investments in equipment to separate particles from the drying air downstream of the dryer.
Innovative microencapsulated phase change materials for direct-absorption solar collectors Innovative microencapsulated phase change materials for direct-absorption solar collectors