The well-known desire to achieve a carbon neutral balance requires not only an increase in renewable generation, but also the development of thermal storage systems capable of managing this energy on demand.
However, thermal energy storage systems are a technology in continuous development, constantly searching for better efficiencies, lower maintenance or lower costs, among other things.
One way to shorten the development times of thermal storage systems and get them to market faster is through a thermal test rig or validation process capable of testing at a relevant scale in controlled facilities.
Prototyping and thermal testing facilities
Ensuring the design and safety of a thermal storage system operating under dynamic conditions at high temperatures calls for a prior validation process under controlled conditions.
This is generally performed in laboratory environments with equipment capable of reaching high temperatures and simulating operating conditions while the behavior of the system is recorded with very precise continuous monitoring mechanisms.
The Systems Engineering Group of CIC energiGUNE has three industrial hydraulic installations to cover a large number of thermal applications. These are three hydraulic loops designed to work with steam, thermal oil and air.