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Sunamp joins RAL Quality Association PCM

Ben Welter - Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunamp Ltd. of Scotland has joined the RAL Quality Association PCM, a European-based organization established in 2004 to develop standards for the phase change material industry. 

"Sunamp is delighted to join RAL PCM, the world's leading quality association for phase change materials," said Sunamp CEO Andrew Bissell. "We have extremely stable and long-lived, high energy density PCM that we deliver in high-power heat batteries. We look forward to working with RAL PCM and the other members to further develop PCM and Heat Battery standards, and to have our products certified."

RAL PCM has two key objectives: Promote the use of high-quality PCMs and influence the political landscape in the European Union in favor of PCMs. Other RAL members are Croda, BASF, Rubitherm, EMCO, va-Q-tec, PCM Technology, Global Energy Systems Europe, Sasol, Pluss Advanced Technologies and Entropy Solutions.

Association of German Engineers to publish PCM building technology guidelines this fall

Ben Welter - Friday, May 06, 2016

The Association of German Engineers committee responsible for developing guidelines on PCM storage systems in building technology (VDI 2164, PCM-Energiespeichersysteme in der Gebäudetechnik) is expected to complete its work this month, with publication in the fall.
 
The guidelines define the fundamentals of using latent heat storage materials in heating, cooling, ventilation and thermal energy storage systems. The guidelines also define the basics of PCM storage systems and provide planning and calculation methods for proper design and their performance parameters.
 
The guidelines, which are not legally binding, can be seen as “reassurance for experts that they are in line with the recognized state of the art technology,” according to Stefan Thomann, managing director of the RAL Quality Association PCM, a European-based organization established in 2004 to develop standards for the phase change material industry.
 
Dr. Bernd BoitingThe Association of German Engineers (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, or VDI) and Deutscher Industrieverlag will host their first joint congress for technical building equipment in Baden-Baden, Germany, Nov. 29-30. Dr. Bernd Boiting, right, president of the PCM quality association and chairman of the VDI 2164 committee, will give a lecture about PCM storage systems and the new guidelines.

The congress is expected to attract 500 or more participants. The complete agenda, along with contact information, is likely to be available in June.

Entropy Solutions joins RAL Quality Association PCM

Ben Welter - Friday, January 08, 2016

RAL logoEntropy Solutions, maker of PureTemp phase change material, has joined the RAL Quality Association PCM, a European-based organization established in 2004 to develop standards for the phase change material industry.

Stefan Thomann, the association's managing director, says the organization has two key objectives: Promote the use of high-quality PCMs and influence the political landscape in the European Union in favor of PCMs.

RAL members include Croda, BASF, Rubitherm, EMCO, va-Q-tec, Salca, global-E-systems, Sasol and Pluss Advanced Technologies. Members and non-members alike can submit their products to the association for independent testing and earn the RAL Quality Mark.

“We are pleased to join RAL and look forward to working with other industry leaders to extend PCM quality and performance standards to North America,” said RoxAnne Best, Entropy Solutions president.