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PCM briefing: MiraCradle profiled in ASME magazine; Sunamp takes the stage in China

Ben Welter - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pluss Advanced Technologies' MiraCradle neonatal cooling device is featured in the spring issue of DEM+ND, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' quarterly review of global development.

Sunamp Ltd. is one of five companies representing Edinburgh, Scotland, in business presentations in Shenzhen, China, this week. Sunamp is hoping to expand the market for its "heat batteries," which use phase change material to store excess energy generated by solar PV systems. The stored energy is released on demand to provide heat and hot water. 

• Drs. William Sutterlin and Heather Watson of Entropy Solutions attended the American Oil Chemists' Society conference in Salt Lake City earlier this month. Session topics included novel waxes with unique thermal characteristics, emulsion formation, crystallization growth of lipid materials and new analytical techniques.

• The global caprylic acid market is expected to reach $4.9 million by 2022, according to Stratistics Market Research Consulting.

• A rare sighting: Ice-based thermal storage pioneers CALMAC and Ice Energy are featured in the same article. Canada's Plumbing+HVAC magazine takes a look at a CALMAC project at the University of Waterloo and an Ice Energy project in Boothbay, Maine.

• The Chemical Footprint Project, a global initiative designed to measure corporate progress in adopting safer chemicals, will issue its first report this month. Richard Liroff, executive director of the Investor Environmental Health Network, examines Wal-Mart's impact on the project.

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