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PCM briefing: New paper on DSC/T-history; 'space-agey' PCM mats at Rocky Mountain Institute

Ben Welter - Tuesday, January 05, 2016

In a new technical paper on puretemp.com, Dr. Mohammed Farid of the University of Auckland explains the complementary aspects of two methods of measuring the melting and freezing ranges of PCMs: differential scanning calorimetry and the T-history method.

The Rocky Mountain Institute's new 15,600-square-foot Innovation Center in Basalt, Colo., features "space-agey" phase change thermal mats behind the drywall. The BioPCM mats are made by Phase Change Energy Solutions of Asheboro, N.C.

Four elements have been added to the periodic table, finally completing the table’s seventh row. The new synthetic elements – 113, 115, 117 and 118 – will be officially named by the teams that discovered them in the coming months.

Schoeller Textil AG's new Cosmopolitan textile collection includes warming and cooling fabrics that incorporate phase change materials.

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