StoRIES Infrastructures: AIT ThermStore

ThermStore of Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT) covers the whole infrastructure necessary for thermal storage development: characterization of materials (insulation, PCMs, TCMs, heat transfer fluids), components (heat exchanger, control systems, sensors), and lab-scale storages (<100 kW, <500 kWh) as well as modelling software for component and storage design (1d, 3d simulation).

State of the art: PCM and TCM materials have been characterized in terms of all relevant thermophysical properties. Storage components such as heat exchangers have been developed and integrated into several storage prototypes that have been designed by validated computer models and characterized on test rigs for various operating conditions.