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Outlast PCM/down filling material makes FabricLink's Top 10

Ben Welter - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Outlast Technologies' Universe PCM/down filling material has won a place on FabricLink's list of top 10 textile innovations for 2014-2015. The filling material "adds lightness, fluffy volume and naturalness, while regulating and optimizing the climate comfort."

The award honors commercially available materials and technologies that have launched during the past year. Other winners this year include 3M's Thinsulate Featherless Insulation, Carhartt's flame-resistant Extremes Arctic outerwear and Freudenberg's nonwoven polyester lining material.

http://www.fabriclink.com/Consumer/TopTen-2014.cfm

Ohio teen's PCM proposal wins MIT THINK award

Ben Welter - Monday, March 23, 2015

Aditya JobAn Ohio teen's proposal to use phase change material to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic panels is one of three winners in MIT's annual THINK competition. Aditya Jog, a sophomore at Mason High School near Cincinnati, will receive $2,000 to build his project, a $500 scholarship and project mentorship from MIT students.

"Photovoltaic cells have the potential to utilize the planet’s most plentiful renewable energy source, yet their widespread use has been impeded because of relatively low efficiency," he wrote in his application. "The solar to electrical conversion efficiency of photovoltaic devices suffers when they operate at elevated temperatures. Current solutions rely on active heat dissipation, increasing both capital and operating costs. This proposal offers an alternative, passive heat dissipation system that employs a solid-liquid phase change material as a temperature regulator."

The THINK Scholars Program, sponsored this year by Thomson Reuters, is run by a team of MIT undergraduate students.

http://www.todayspulse.com/news/news/local/mhs-student-1-of-3-winners-of-mit-think-scholars-c/nkXk4/

PLUSS Polymers' neonate cooler wins Plasticon Award

Ben Welter - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

PLUSS Polymers of India has won a 2015 Plasticon Award for its MiraCradle neonate cooler. MiraCradle is a low-cost passive cooling device for treating newborns suffering from birth asphyxia. It was developed in collaboration with Christian Medical College of Vellore, India. The device uses Pluss Polymers' "form-stable" phase change materials, savE FS-21 and FS-29.

http://www.mpponline.in/pluss-polymers-felicitated-with-plasticon-award-2015/

Frigesco flash defrost system wins ACR News Award

Ben Welter - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Frigesco Ltd.'s low-energy flash defrost system was among the winners at last week's ACR News Awards in London, earning Refrigeration Product of the Year honors.

The British company's technology harnesses waste heat to defrost refrigeration systems more efficiently, reducing supermarket cooling costs by up to 20 percent. Phase change material is used to store the waste heat. 

Other ACR winners include Toshiba, Cool Designs Ltd. and Sainsbury Triple Zero Stores.

http://www.acr-news.com/acr-awards-2015-winners-revealed

3 Illinois Tech undergrads to work on hybrid thermal battery system

Ben Welter - Friday, February 20, 2015

Nineteen undergrads at the Illinois Institute of Technology have been accepted into the school's Armour R&D Program this spring. The program offers engineering students a chance to gain research and development experience.

Three of the students – Hanyue Li, Yifan Li and Shihan Tian – will work on a hybrid battery thermal management system using phase change materials and natural air-cooling. They will be mentored by Francisco Ruiz, an associate professor in the school's Armour College of Engineering.

http://www.iit.edu/news/iittoday/?p=41054

Amsterdam is home to world's most-sustainable building

Ben Welter - Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Edge, AmsterdamThe Edge, Deloitte’s new headquarters in Amsterdam, has won BREEAM certification as the world’s most-sustainable building.

The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology, licensed for use by independent, trained assessors, rates buildings on criteria such as energy and water use, waste management, transportation links and materials sourcing. The Edge earned the highest BREEAM score yet recorded, 98.36 percent. One Embankment Place in London held the previous record, 96.31.

The 430,000-square-foot building was designed by PLP Architecture of London. Its energy-efficient design includes passive temperature control, Ethernet-powered LED lighting, 44,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels and an aquifer thermal energy storage unit 500 feet below ground that generates all energy required for heating and cooling.

Seattle building wins ASHRAE technology award

Ben Welter - Monday, December 15, 2014

Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District headquarters

A three-story Seattle office building is one of nine projects recognized for innovative design with an ASHRAE Technology Award. Federal Center South, home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District, received first place in the new commercial buildings category.

Among the innovative energy conservation technologies incorporated in the 209,000-square-foot building are thermal energy storage using phase change material and "a 100% outside air ventilation system with heat recovery of exhaust serving a raised floor ventilation air distribution system." 

The projected annual energy cost for the building was modeled at $80,740, compared to ASHRAE's baseline of $135,791.

http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96914-ashrae-announces-technology-award-winners

Surface water TES system honored

Ben Welter - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IF Technology of the Netherlands has received a Sustainable Urban Delta Award for its innovative thermal energy storage system for a residential complex in Wageningen. The system takes advantage of temperature differences in surface water near the complex. In summer, for example, warm water is stored in an aquifer thermal storage system that helps heat the complex in winter. Overall, the system is said to be 25 percent more efficient than a conventional seasonal TES system.

The Delta Award recognizes Dutch companies that offer innovative solutions to the climate-change challenges faced by cities in low-lying, densely populated coastal areas with large river estuaries.

http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/12539-if-technology-and-deltasync-win-first-sustainable-urban-delta-awards-2014.html