Meet Utrecht University,
partner of the PUSH-IT project

PUSH-IT is a consortium of organisations from the energy sector, academic world and public sector. Let us introduce you to our partner Utrecht University, which focuses on reducing the costs of heat storage!


Dr. Wen Liu is assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. This is a scientific institute for sustainability research and teaching at Utrecht University. Wen: “We contribute to the transition to a sustainable society through research that is both scientifically excellent and societally relevant. It brings together researchers from both the natural and social sciences working on topics as far-ranging as renewable energy integration, circular business models, ecosystem resilience, and the politics of environmental treaties.”

In the PUSH-IT project, we contribute to the topic of reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and generating a sustainable energy economy. Our research objective is to develop a generic, open-source, high-performance, and highly scalable model to assess the LCOE reduction and carbon emission reduction costs (CRC) of heat storage in geothermal reservoirs combined with different heat supply sources. The model will be verified and applied to the demo sites and beyond.

With our research contribution, the Python-based open-source tool will be developed to evaluate and optimize the costs of energy and costs of reducing carbon emissions for the whole heating system. The tool aims to facilitate the decision-making process of designing and scaling up heat storage in geothermal reservoirs in future heat transitions.

This way, PUSH-IT is shaping the way for an affordable and sustainable heat system.

Read more about the PUSH-IT consortium here.

PUSH-IT is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101096566.
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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