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PCM briefing: Dulas solar fridges headed to Yemen, Sierra Leone and Nigeria; NETenergy lands slot in startup accelerator

Ben Welter - Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Dulas Ltd. has won a contract to supply 345 VC200 refrigerators to agencies working in Yemen, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The solar-powered refrigerators are lined with paraffin phase change material to help keep vaccines at optimal temperature. The British company says the agreement marks a significant expansion of its partnerships with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. Energy Storage Report's Jason Deign takes a look at the technology: "The thermal storage medium can go through around 10,000 cycles with minimal degradation. This equates to a lifespan at least twice as long as that possible with batteries."

• Chicago startup NETenergy, maker of a thermal energy storage system that reduces peak consumption, is one of eight companies selected for CLT Joules' business catalyst program. Joules, a North Carolina business accelerator, advises high-potential energy startups and connects them with corporate partners. 

• Ohio-based CSafe Global is introducing the Kalibox passive pallet shipper to U.S. customers. CSafe acquired Kalibox, a French company that manufactures temperature-controlled shippers and refrigerants, earlier this year.

Gate Precast of Florida is producing 400,000 square feet of hollow-core planks to function as “smart” floors for five schools in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The concrete planks will act as thermal batteries, storing the thermal energy of heated or cooled air. Three of each plank's five cores will be used as HVAC ducting.

• New from QYResearch: "Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Sales Market Report 2016."

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