Joe Grzyb, CEO of Phase Change Energy Solutions of Asheboro, N.C., has been chosen to lead the new Phase Change Materials Industry Association of North America.
Members of the association, gathered for the association's inaugural meeting in Boston, Mass., on Thursday, approved bylaws, outlined goals and created committees to develop strategies to pursue those goals. The eight founding members attending the meeting were Phase Change Energy Solutions; Microtek Labs, Dayton, Ohio; Encapsys LLC, Appleton, Wis.; Outlast LLC, Golden, Colo.; Croda Inc., Edison, N.J.; Insolcorp Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.; Cold Chain Technologies, Franklin, Mass.; and Entropy Solutions, Plymouth, Minn.
The meeting, hosted by the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, was led by the association's newly elected executive director, Jan Kosny, who heads Fraunhofer's Building Enclosures & Materials group. Also attending were representatives of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office; as well as David Yarbrough of R&D Services Inc., Cookeville, Tenn.
The association's mission is to promote the development and use of phase change material in North America. It has been established as a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Delaware.
After much discussion, members approved the formation of committees to focus on four key areas and selected chairmen to lead them: PR/communications (Mark Hartman, director of research and development at Outlast); government/policy (Tim Riazzi, CEO at Microtek); technical (Reyad Sawafta, chief scientific officer at Phase Change Energy Solutions); and codes/standards (Joe Grzyb).
Four membership types were approved:
General: Companies that manufacture PCMs; supply raw materials or processing equipment used in the PCM industry; or use PCMs in their products. General members have all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of membership, including the right to hold office and vote on matters put before the association. Annual dues: $2,000.
Associate: Businesses or individuals performing work related to phase change material. Associate members cannot vote or hold office. Annual dues: $1,000.
Academic/research: Organizations or individuals performing research related to phase change material. Such members cannot vote or hold office. Annual dues: $50.
Honorary: Persons who by virtue of their contributions to the industry and who are no longer employed by a general member are eligible for honorary membership. Such members will pay no dues.
The association tentatively plans to meet again in six months. Organizations or individuals interested in joining or working with the association should contact Jan Kosny at email@example.com or Joe Grzyb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A champagne toast followed the PCM Industry Association's inaugural meeting.