Workgroup System components
The defining activities of the group cover non-solar components in thermal energy systems such as thermal storage systems, transfer stations, heat pumps, and gas boilers. Another main focus is the development and maintenance of test rigs, system support, and the supply of sensor and measurement technology to all labs of the department. The group is thus taking part in different projects of the “Solar systems” department.
Assessment of components and development of test procedures
To measure and assess important characteristics of system components, it is necessary to assess the component itself as well as take into account different system concepts and the behavior of the component as part of a system. The group develops methods for testing and assessment and performs manufacturer-independent evaluations of components of thermal energy systems. Additionally, the group cooperates with the “Thermal systems” group to evaluate the role of components as part of energy systems on a laboratory-scale using hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) and in-situ measurements.
Development of test rigs
Using the expertise gained from testing components, which includes the demands on test rigs and measurement setups, the group develops protocols and test rigs for research projects as well as for performing tests in accordance with the standard ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation as part of ISFH’s calibration and test center (CalTeC).