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Research roundup: Composite PCM in cement-paste panel; PCM in solar greenhouse; more

Ben Welter - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Composite of Coal-Series Kaolinite and Capric–Lauric Acid as Form-Stable Phase Change Material [Energy Technology]

  • Thermal Environment Regulating Effects of Phase Change Material in Chinese Style Solar Greenhouse [Energy Procedia]

  • Performance Demonstration and Evaluation of the Synergetic Application of Thermochromic Window and Phase Change Material in Passive Buildings [Energy Procedia]

  • Theoretical Analysis on the Solid Sensible and Latent Heat Storage in Building Cooling Heating and Power Systems [Energy Procedia]

  • Comparison of Thermal Performance of BCHP System with Latent Thermal Energy Storage in Different Locations [Energy Procedia]

  • Influence of Position of Thermal Energy Storage with Different Effectiveness on the Performance of BCHP System [Energy Procedia]

  • Optimizing the Performance of Ice-storage Systems in Electricity Load Management Through a Credit Mechanism: An Analytical Work for Jiangsu, China [Energy Procedia]

  • On the Natural Convection Enhancement of Heat Transfer during Phase Transition Processes of Solid-liquid Phase Change Materials [Energy Procedia]
  • IRENA launches searchable database of information on renewable energy

    Ben Welter - Monday, January 19, 2015

    It's not exactly the "Google of renewable energy," but IRENA's new ReSOURCE feature is a useful and well-organized collection of curated information and data on renewable energy. A search for "thermal energy storage," for example, generates a list of 241 documents that can be narrowed by source, country and energy type. A search for "phase change material" generates a list of more than 140 documents. Well worth a bookmark:

    HSM introduces CoolACTIVE foam for bedding industry

    Ben Welter - Monday, January 19, 2015

    Furniture maker HSM of Hickory, N.C., has announced the introduction of CoolACTIVE foams for the bedding industry. The PCM-laden foam is designed to diffuse body heat. The product comes in three forms: a viscoelastic memory foam that offers 25 percent heat transference, a gel that offers 35 percent heat transference and a foam that incorporates graphite particles and offers 40 percent heat transference.

    Research roundup: Zigzag plate configuration; accelerated aging for TES; stacked rectangular cavities; more

    Ben Welter - Monday, January 19, 2015

  • Thermal energy charging behaviour of a heat exchange device with a zigzag plate configuration containing multi-phase-change-materials [Applied Energy]

  • Thermal Reliability of Myristic Acid/Palmitic Acid/Sodium Laurate Eutectic Mixture: A Feasibility Study of Accelerated Aging for Thermal Energy Storage Application [Energy Procedia]

  • Experimental study of the heat transfer through a vertical stack of rectangular cavities filled with phase change materials [Applied Energy]

  • Development and evaluation of graphite nanoplate (GNP)-based phase change material for energy storage applications [International Journal of Energy Research]
  • Outlast technology cools Puma's new golf shoe

    Ben Welter - Thursday, January 15, 2015

    Puma's TitanTour golf shoePuma's new TitanTour golf shoe features temperature-regulating phase change material in its lining. The Outlast technology is designed to keep the wearer comfortable by absorbing, storing and releasing heat as conditions demand.
    The shoe, set for release Feb. 1, retails for $190. Rickie Fowler, Jonas Blixt, Will MacKenzie and Jesper Parnevik are among the pro golfers set to wear it.

    IRENA to launch 'Google of renewable energy'

    Ben Welter - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    CleanTechnica's Zachary Shahan reports that the International Renewable Energy Agency is ready to unveil REsource, a research tool he describes as "akin to a Google of renewable energy." 

    IRENA says the goal is to provide "relevant, reliable and timely information on renewable energy market statistics, potentials, policies, finance, technology costs and benefits, innovations and education."  Screenshots of the tool show a Google-like main screen that will allow visitors to tap IRENA's "vast knowledge base" for information by source, energy type and country.  

    The tool is expected to be launched at IRENA's 5th Assembly in Abu Dhabi next week.

    High growth in PCM demand seen for shipping, transportation, textiles, electronics

    Ben Welter - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Companies and Markets is projecting that demand for advanced phase change material will reach $1.4 billion by 2019. Europe will remain the largest market, followed by the Americas. 

    "Building & construction is the major application for the advanced PCM market," the report said. "It accounted for 20% of the market share in terms of volume, in 2013. Shipping, packaging & transportation, textiles, and electronic applications of advanced PCM are projected to experience high growth among the applications between 2014 and 2019."

    Research roundup: Paraffin in copper foam; microencapsulated paraffin with poly shell; more

    Ben Welter - Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Experimental analysis of phase change phenomenon of paraffin waxes embedded in copper foams [International Journal of Thermal Sciences]

  • Preparation and characterization of flame retardant phase change materials by microencapsulated paraffin and diethyl ethylphosphonate with poly (methacrylic acid-co-ethyl methacrylate) shell [Journal of Applied Polymer Science]

  • Effect of heating position on thermal energy storage in cavity with/without open-cell metallic foams [Experimental Heat Transfer]

  • Thermal impact of aquifer thermal energy storage systems: a case study in the Netherlands, combining monitoring and modeling [Hydrogeology Journal]