Marie Thumas

Leuven, BE
Kelvin Solutions
December 2021
Feasibility study canal
Potential scan of aquathermal applications on the Vaart

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EXTRAQT investigated the aquathermal potential of the Vaart as a heat and cold source for the Marie Thumas building in Leuven. First, we model the thermal properties of the canal including interactions between the water and the environment (sun, wind, etc.). Next, our models apply the heat and cold demand of the building to the body of water and dynamically calculate the aquathermal potential over a period of several years. This analysis determines the available energy down to an hourly level and identifies critical moments.

Potential scan of aquathermal applications on the Vaart

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EXTRAQT investigated the aquathermal potential of the Vaart as a heat and cold source for the Marie Thumas building in Leuven. First, we model the thermal properties of the canal including interactions between the water and the environment (sun, wind, etc.). Next, our models apply the heat and cold demand of the building to the body of water and dynamically calculate the aquathermal potential over a period of several years. This analysis determines the available energy down to an hourly level and identifies critical moments.

Power

1,5 MW

Emission reduction

170 ton/jaar

Volume water

36.000 m³

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Illustration of the use of a closed aquathermal system at a castle by a lake
Impact analysis of thermal flows using 3D Digital Twin

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The thermal impact of heat and cold discharges into the Vaart was also spatially modeled using our 3D Digital Twins. Such simulations serve to support preliminary potential scans and allow insight into the size of the thermal discharge plume, local cooling/heating, thermal short-circuiting, etc.

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The thermal impact of heat and cold discharges into the Vaart was also spatially modeled using our 3D Digital Twins. Such simulations serve to support preliminary potential scans and allow insight into the size of the thermal discharge plume, local cooling/heating, thermal short-circuiting, etc.

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Marie Thumas

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