Although high-quality solar components already exist (solar panels, hot water tanks, etc.), the systems produced by combining these components are often far from optimal. Consequently, the goal of the solar thermal energy research group is to develop ways of optimizing all types of solar thermal systems, whether for heating, cooling or producing hot water.
Our research teams’ objectives include increasing performance, reducing costs and improving components and systems.
Thus, INES is carrying out research into two major and complementary aspects of solar thermal energy:
Component development and characterization
- Solar thermal panels
- Hydraulic and thermochemical storage
- Desiccant exchangers.
Systems analysis and optimization
- Domestic hot water
- Combined solar systems
- Multi-energy systems (solar-wood combinations)
- Solar cooling systems (absorption machines, thermochemical systems and desiccant cooling).