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Ceiling tiles and incubators: PCM news from England and Switzerland

Ben Welter - Monday, September 21, 2015

Catching up on two stories that emerged while I was on vacation earlier this month:

• Two lines of Armstrong ceiling tiles – the PCM-based CoolZone and the light-reflecting Ultima+ – were installed together in a recent renovation at Bristol Royal Infirmary in Bristol, England. Rich Shore, director of subcontractor Pegasus Interiors, said: "The CoolZone tiles were easy to use and install and they give a great effect due to their metal finish. They complemented the Ultima+ tiles very nicely."

• Benjamin Rime, a materials science student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, devoted a semester project and his master's thesis to developing a PCM-powered thermoregulator for incubators in developing nations. “If the power goes out," he said, "a small battery-powered fan connected to a simple and rugged electronic regulator takes over and maintains a constant temperature in the incubator.” The GlobalNeonat project is in the hands of the institute's EssentialTech program and its Swiss and African partners.

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