Driven by an increasing focus on fuel efficiency, the use of excess thermal energy has attracted significant interest in automotive engineering in recent years. Thermal energy storage systems facilitate a faster increase in both engine and operating liquid temperatures or provide the necessary activation energy for exhaust aftertreatment systems. Whereas systems based on sensible or latent heat storage technologies are already sufficiently mature for production use, thermochemical storage systems that offer a higher energy density and therefore a higher application potential are still in an early stage of development. In prior research a prototype for such a system was developed and tested. It is based on the sorption process using selected salt hydrates and stores thermal energy from the cooling circuit for release during the next cold start procedure. This thesis evaluates the performance of the prototype in an overall vehicle system through computer simulation. Compared to other thermal management methods, the chemical storage system performs adequately, but its output currently remains far below the theoretic potential. To further improve the capability of the technology, exami-nations with emphasis on the application of a carrier material to form a composite with the salt hydrate, are performed. This should enhance the hydration process and lead to faster and more effective heat release. In addition to the heat transfer, the structural stability of the embedded salt is also improved. Various materials such as metals, synthetics and inorganic materials like glass and ceramic are reviewed and evaluated. The outcome of the investigations provides a basis for the improvement of the storage system and the development of an enhanced prototype in the future.