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PCM briefing: More details on the Ice Bear 20; new research on the microencapsulation market

Ben Welter - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

• In an interview with CleanTechnica, Ice Energy CEO Mike Hopkins shares new details on the Ice Bear 20, a thermal energy storage system aimed at the residential market. The unit is designed to cool homes up to 3,500 square feet, "is as easy to install as the compressor unit of a traditional air conditioner" and will cost the same as a conventional air conditioning system.

• New from Zion Research: “Microencapsulation Market for Pharmaceuticals, Household Products, Agrochemicals, Food Additives and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2014 – 2020.” The report projects global demand for microencapsulation will reach $9.25 billion in 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 9.5 percent.

• New from Future Market Insights: "Temperature Controlled Packaging Solutions Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015-2025"

The Welsh government has award Dulas $80,000 to support development of the company's solar direct-drive vaccine refrigerators. Phase change material that freezes and thaws at 5º C helps keep vaccines at the proper temperature without power from the grid. 

Compression shirts and briefs infused with Outlast phase change technology helped reduce chafing and rashes in tests conducted with law enforcement professionals. The apparel, made by 91 Degrees F, displayed "superior sweat management, reduced chafing, and a uniform shirt that maintained its crisp appearance throughout the test."

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