Following the ECSET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap,the concept of this proposal is to develop a joint PhD programme between universities and research centres, on the topic of Thermal Energy Storage (TES).

The goal of INPATH-TES is to create a network of universities and research institutes to implement a joint PhD programme on TES technologies.

The final result of such a network is to educate professionals on these technologies for the European research and industry institutions.

The partners in the proposal will be the core of a future larger network of excellent R&D institutions, and industries for co-funding and industrial placement, sharing infrastructure capacities, and enhancing mobility of students.



✔ To establish one joint PhD programme starting year 0+2.
✔ To develop at least 20 ECTS as basic common training modules.
✔ To develop four basic common technology PhD courses.
✔ To establish one annual joint workshop for PhD students.
✔ To aim at graduating at least 28 PhD students every year at year 0+6.
✔ To exchange at least 14 PhD students every year between industry and academia.



These objectives will lead to the qualification of professionals for the European research and industry institutions, bringing Europe to continue being leaders in these technologies.

The overall approach of the project involves a work plan divided in six work packages, being either coordination or support activities. Coordination activities:

  • WP1 - Management and coordination;
  • WP2 - External communication and dissemination;
  • WP3 - Developing, maintaining and updating a PhD programme in TES;
  • WP4 - Implementation of the PhD programme in TES.

Support activities:

  • WP5 - Stakeholder involvement and extension of partnerships; and
  • WP6 - Framework for monitoring and evaluation of INPATH-TES as well as IPR and regulatory issues.


The goal of INPATH-TES is to create a network of universities and research institutes to establish a joint PhD programme on Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technologies starting year 2017. The challenge of this project is to make Europe the best place in the world for collaborative research on TES.

A total of 14 courses were proposed and defined in detail, which are currently being developed. These courses can be classified in three main groups:

  • Five basic common PhD courses,
  • Four common technology specialisation courses, and
  • Five research management, dissemination, and communication courses

The developed learning material is implemented in the constructive alignment perspective in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) with the KIC InnoEnergy pedagogical methodology.

At least 60 ECTS will be developed during the three years of project duration, but we aim at developing much more material so that the supervisor can have more flexibility for choosing an individual learning path, depending on the background of the PhD student.

In addition, the student will have the possibility of being awarded an INPATH-TES label, if some minimum requirements are fulfilled:

  • 20 ECTS taken,
  • Two months of minimum secondment period in another INPATH-TES network member,
  • One paper in collaboration with three INPATH-TES network members, and
  • Attendance to at least one INPATH-TES students conference


One of the specific objectives of the project is to develop at least 20 ECTS as basic common training modules. The following five courses are being developed currently:

  • Research and PhD
  • Introduction to thermal energy storage
  • Thermal energy storage materials
  • Testing and characterisation of energy storage materials
  • Heat and mass transfer and sizing of energy storage devices


One of the specific objectives of the project is to develop four basic common technologies PhD courses between all participating partners. The following five courses are being developed currently:

  • Thermal energy storage applications for buildings
  • Demand side management concepts and energy storage
  • Large scale and industrial energy storage
  • Energy policy and market development

In addition to these specialisation courses, the following five “soft skills” courses are also being developed to ensure smooth transition of the new PhDs to the industry:

  • Intellectual property and patenting ideas
  • Idea to product development
  • Dissemination of research results
  • Funding of research: writing proposals
  • Management and entrepreneurship


One of core objectives of the project is to establish one annual joint workshop for PhD students in different partner locations. The first workshop for students is planned to take place in September 2017 in Riga, Latvia, along with a consortium meting and the 3rd International Conference „Innovative Materials, Structures and Technologies” organised by the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Riga Technical University.



We aim at graduating at least 28 PhD students every year starting year 2021.



We aim at exchanging at least 14 PhD students every year between industry and academia.