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Ice Energy wins innovation award for TES system

Ben Welter - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ice Energy of Glendale, Calif., has won a Los Angeles Business Journal 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award. The company, which makes the Ice Bear thermal energy storage system, was honored as one of the region's "most impactful innovators." The Ice Bear system makes ice at night, when electricity is cheaper, and uses it to cool buildings during the day.

30.5% growth projected for biobased PCM market in Europe

Ben Welter - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MicroMarket Monitor is projecting that Europe's biobased advanced phase change material market will reach $46.4 million in four years. "The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30.5% from 2013 to 2018," according to the report, scheduled for release Dec. 8. MicroMarket attributes the growth to demand for eco-friendly HVAC applications and "cost-effective prices" of biobased PCMs.

Sleepyhead's 'best bed ever' uses PCM-infused memory foam

Ben Welter - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ekene IbekweFormer University of Maryland star Ekene Ibekwe is playing pro basketball in New Zealand, where he is touting Sleepyhead's Sanctuary bed. Phase change material is used to "absorb and distribute excess heat from around the body and dissipate it down through the mattress." "I’ve definitely noticed a difference since switching to Sanctuary,” says Ibekwe, a 6-9 forward who has also played professionally in Israel, France, Turkey, Iran, Spain, Germany and Puerto Rico. "I was after a firmer bed and now my aches and pains have disappeared!” 

BioPCM featured in case study of Australian home

Ben Welter - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Phase Change Energy Solutions' BioPCM is being used in the upstairs walls of a house in Victoria, Australia.  “Everything is effectively the same as a reverse brick veneer system," said Jeremy Spencer, director of the Melbourne firm that designed the house. "But instead of bricks we have the phase change material that sits inside the cavity and behind plasterboard internal wall." The project is profiled in InfoLink, "Australia's Architecture, Building, Construction and Design Directory." 

Forbes interview with Jane Chen, Embrace co-founder

Ben Welter - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jane Chen"The Embrace warmer has now saved over 100,000 infants across nine countries," Jane Chen tells Forbes magazine. "We’ve gotten support from Beyoncé, who made a gift in the amount of $125,000 to Millenium Promise to bring Embrace infant warmers to 100 rural health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, recently made an investment into Embrace Innovations, our for-profit social enterprise arm."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/deniserestauri/2014/11/18/a-personal-story-how-low-cost-technology-is-saving-babies-lives/

Outlast introduces new PCM-based filler material

Ben Welter - Friday, November 14, 2014

Outlast Technologies’ new Universe climate-control material is designed for use in bedding and apparel. The material is a combination of 70 percent down and 70 PCM-laden viscose fibers. Thicker fibers carry a greater amount of phase change material. “The performance compared to a standard PCM viscose fibre here is four times higher,” says Martin Bentz, managing director of Outlast Europe.

New book on thermal energy storage and sustainability

Ben Welter - Friday, November 07, 2014

TES book cover"Thermal Energy Storage Technologies for Sustainability," a new book by S. Kalaiselvam and R. Parameshwaran of Anna University in Chennai, India, details the latest thinking on latent, sensible and thermo-chemical energy storage systems and their applications across industries. The authors discuss the use of phase change materials and provide case studies of several systems in use. Published by Academic Press in August 2014.

Ice Energy lands 16 contracts with Southern California Edison

Ben Welter - Thursday, November 06, 2014

Ice Energy has been awarded sixteen contracts from Southern California Edison to provide 25.6 megawatts of behind-the-meter thermal energy storage using Ice Energy’s Ice Bear system. The TES system attaches to one or more standard 5- to 20-ton commercial AC units. The system makes ice at night when demand for electricity is low and capacity is abundant and increasingly sourced from wind and other renewables. During the day, the stored ice is used to provide cooling.