Save today, use tomorrow ! 28 Feb. 2019, Wels, Austria

Six H2020 research and innovation projects are pleased to invite researchers, industrial companies, professionals and wide public interested in the topic of thermal energy storage for the common workshop called “Save today, use tomorrow”. Projects representatives from HYBUILD, CREATE, SCORES, TESSE2B, THERMOSS, SUNHORIZONwill introduce their results and lead interactive discussions related to the topic. The event will be held in English.

The workshop is organised in the context of WSED – World Sustainable Energy Days – on Feb. 28th, 2019.

Workshop registration is free of charge, but it is necessary to be registered on the WSED conference in order to participate in the workshop.

Workshop registration for free: thermal-energy-storage-systems-tickets-52040437349?aff=eac2

Contact person: Petra Colantonio,


Introducing AIT, the Austrian Institute of Technology

HYBUILD is a group of 21 partners from 9 countries. Every month, a new HYBUILD partner is introduced in our Blog section. Today, AIT.

AIT – In a nutshell

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria’s largest Research and Technology Organisation with more than 1000 employees, is taking a leading position in the Austrian innovation system.  With its eight Centers, AIT regards itself as a highly specialized research and development partner for industry and concerns itself with the key infrastructure topics of the future.

At the AIT Center for Energy, around 200 employees are developing solutions towards a sustainable energy system of tomorrow. Many years of experience and scientific excellence of the AIT staff, as well as a high-quality laboratory infrastructure and a worldwide innovation network offer companies innovative and applied research services and thus a clear competitive advantage in this future market. The Center for Energy’s thematic portfolio is based on three central systems: Sustainable energy infrastructure, decarbonisation of industrial processes and plants, as well as innovative technologies and solutions for enabling sustainable urban transformation (buildings, cities). The Center for Energy has gained more than 20 years of experience in managing and participating in large-scale national and international R&D projects.


AIT is responsible for the design of the Continental hybrid sub-system. The Continental hybrid sub-system uses a latent storage which is directly integrated into the heat pump cycle to utilize the sensible heat of the hot refrigerant after the compressor for Domestic Hot Water (DHW). AIT will perform system simulations of the hybrid sub-system which will help to design and control the lab-test prototype and the demo prototype. Furthermore, experimental tests of the Continental hybrid sub-system will be carried out in AIT’s laboratories under controlled environmental conditions. Additionally, AIT leads the “Hybrid storage sub-systems” work package of the project.

Meet our staff


Johann Emhofer, Energy Department – Photo credit : @AIT/Zinner

Dr. Johann Emhofer

Johann Emhofer has been working as a scientist for the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Energy, since 2012 in the area of Thermal Energy Systems with a special focus on heat pump technologies. Prior to his engagement at AIT, he was a project assistant at the Atominstitut of the Vienna University of Technology. Johann holds a master’s degree in Technical Physics and a doctorate in Low-temperature Physics/Superconductivity, both of the Vienna University of Technology.


Tilman Barz – – Photo credit : @AIT/Zinner

Dr. Tilman Barz

Tilman Barz has been a Senior Scientist at AIT, Center for Energy, since 2014. He has more than 10 years of experience in conducting research projects on process dynamics and operation, process an automation control, model validation, and numerical methods. Prior to his engagement at AIT, he led a research group in the field of model-based analysis and optimization of chemical and biological systems at the Technical University of Berlin. Tilman holds a master’s degree in Energy and Chemical Engineering and PhD in Process / Control & Automation from the Technische Universität Berlin.


Klemens Marx, Center for Energy – Photo credit : @AIT/Zinner

Dr. Klemens Marx

Klemens Marx has been a Scientist in the AIT Center for Energy since mid-2015 and is particularly involved with research issues in the field of integrating renewable energy technologies into industrial and commercial processes. Klemens has many years of experience as a scientist in R&D projects and has worked before AIT as a consulting engineer in the field of oil and gas as well as biogas treatment using membrane processes. He holds a doctorate in chemical engineering and studied mechanical engineering with a focus on energy technology, alternative energy systems and thermal turbomachinery at the Vienna University of Technology.


Hybrid storage solutions are key to future Energy Efficient Buildings – Spread the word !

Hybrid solutions are needed, inherently addressing the seamless conversion and integration of renewable electricity and heat, as to anticipate the future energy grid that will fully allow an exchange of different energy carriers.

HYBUILD goes beyond  the current state of the art on energy storage for residential buildings through the development of two innovative compact hybrid electrical/thermal storage systems for stand-alone and district connected buildings.

Spread the word and send an HYBUILD Postcard to your #EeB #EnergyStorage #RES colleagues !

HYBUILD Stakeholder advisory board – Deliverable released

HYBUILD Deliverable 7.6 – Stakeholder Advisory Board (SHAB) – is now available to download.

The HYBUILD Stakeholder Advisory Board (SHAB) is a group of external experts which will be involved throughout the project in order to provide guidance and strategic advices for the progress of the research conducted in the project.

The HYBUILD SHAB is formed by the following five experts:

HYBUILD Flipbook – Deliverable released

HYBUILD Deliverable 7.3 – Flipbook – is now available to download.

The purpose of this report is to describe the HYBUILD Flipbook, an online magazine which supports HYBUILD watch activities in the area of innovative solutions for energy storage.

Flipboard is a news aggregator and social network aggregation company. Its software, also known as Flipboard, was first released in July 2010. It aggregates content from social media, news feeds, photo sharing sites and other websites, presents it in magazine format, and allows users to “flip” through the articles, images and videos being shared.

A dedicated HYBUILD Flipboard magazine was created for the project.

The HYBUILD Flipboard magazine is accessible at:

HYBUILD Internal and external communication strategy – Deliverable released

HYBUILD Deliverable 8.1 – Internal and external communication strategy – is now available to download.

HYBUILD communication activities aim at demonstrating that hybrid energy storage solutions are a key component in providing flexibility and supporting renewable energy integration in the energy system and can efficiently contribute to the decarbonisation of buildings.

The HYBUILD communication strategy identifies, organises and defines the promotion of project objectives and results and as such it is integral to meeting the overall aim of the project.

The main concept which underpins the HYBUILD communication strategy is to exploit the full potential of the large HYBUILD consortium of 21 partners. Most partners already have well- established online and physical communication presence and through that, they can produce a wide communication impact in Europe and / or in their own country, and they can contribute to quickly raise awareness about the HYBUILD project, its objectives, and its outcomes.

HYBUILD Data Management Plan (DMP) – Deliverable released

HYBUILD Deliverable D8.2 – Data Management Plan – is now available to download.

This report is an initial Data Management Plan (DMP) which outlines how data are collected or generated by the HYBUILD project, in terms of how it will be organized, stored, and shared. It specifies which data will be open access and which will be confidential within the consortium, as far as it is possible to do so at this stage.

Open access (OA) is understood as the free, online provision of re-useable scientific information to other users. There are many good reasons to make the data and findings from publically funded research openly available to the research community, the commercial sector and civil society. Much of the data gathered by the project is for the purpose of project management and delivery rather than new knowledge creation; it is therefore likely that much of the data is categorised as confidential (Consortium). However, the project will seek to openly disseminate its research findings, except in cases where there are defined exploitable outcomes, privacy concerns or there will be a high administrative burden for a dataset of limited worth to other users.

The initial HYBUILD DMP highlights that the most significant datasets identified are the Life Cycle Assessment results of the HYBUILD system (Task 5.1) and the energy performance results of the overall system (Task 6.4). It is these data that will validate the impact of the project and the conclusions drawn in scientific publications that arise. It is intended that where possible these data will be made available through open access repositories.

HYBUILD Smart System Algorithm – Deliverable released

HYBUILD Deliverable 4.1 – Smart System Algorithms – is now available to download

Dynamic simulations of thermal and electric systems integrated into the building could become fundamental for analysis of complex systems. Especially when dealing with storages, both thermal and electric, static calculations are not enough for studying all the involved effects. Moreover, the influence that one technology’s behaviour has on the whole system can be analysed if all the parts of a system are simulated together. For these reasons, this report presents the modular structure used for developing the simulation environment where each component and sub-system of the HYBUILD integrated solution constitutes a module, building included. This approach allows for updating a sub-system numerical model, to develop the whole layout model before designing all the parts, or to replace a component/sub-system without losing the already created connections.

This report presents the sub-systems and core components numerical models as defined in the GA, developed within the project and used in the proposed systems layouts.

HYBUILD modular flow sheet simulation of the hybrid (sub-)system – Deliverable released

HYBUILD Deliverable 3.1 – Modular flow sheet simulation of the hybrid (sub-)system is now available to download.

This report provides a comprehensive description of the simulation models for dynamic flowsheet simulations of the HYBUILD hybrid sub-systems. The presented models are our tools to develop and design the individual components on the one hand and the detailed schemes of the sub-systems on the other hand. In this report, we show how connections of individual developed components to sub-systems with basic control strategies are realized and discuss them with the aid of typical examples. By means of lab-scale experiments in WP2 and WP3, the presented models will be validated in the upcoming months. Figure 1 shows a Mediterranean – and Figure 2 shows a Continental-type hybrid sub-system realized in the Dymola/Modelica environment.

HYBUILD Dissemination and exploitation plan released

HYBUILD Deliverable 7.1 – Dissemination and Exploitation plan is now available to download.

HYBUILD Dissemination and Exploitation is an ongoing dialogue with potential users during the project, more especially with the relevant stakeholders’ groups specifically interested in the project outcomes, which include professionals (designers, ICT installers, energy advisors), construction and engineering companies, manufacturers (ICT, BMS, storage, thermal equipment), building owners/facility managers, government, municipalities (building and energy regulators, standardization bodies), academia, scientific community, and the general public.

The HYBUILD dissemination strategy identifies, organises and defines the public disclosure of the results of the project and as such it is integral to meeting the overall aim of the project. The idea is to take key external stakeholders through a three-stage process of awareness to understanding and ultimately to point where they are applying the HYBUILD innovative concepts and solutions for compact hybrid storage for low energy buildings.

Several dissemination actions including preparation and submission of scientific papers and organization of technical workshops have already been planned by the project partners for the first half of the project (until Month 24): these actions are detailed in the report.

The HYBUILD exploitation strategy aims at enabling an active use of the exploitable results created by the project to generate positive impacts. The methodology includes the identification of Exploitable Results (ERs), IPR background, market analysis and assessment for each of them, selection of an exploitation strategy and eventually implementation of this strategy. At the time of writing this report, 12 ERs have been identified and described by their ER manager(s). This includes for instance the HYBUILD integrated systems for both the Mediterranean and Continental climates (ER01 and ER02) as well as more specific components such as for instance the innovative DC bus controller solution for the heat pump market (ER03). This report also presents an updated individual exploitation plan for each of the 21 HYBUILD beneficiaries.