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PureTemp 23 shows no corrosive effect on five metals tested in study

Ben Welter - Friday, December 26, 2014

PureTemp 23, one of 19 PureTemp phase change materials recently certified as 100 percent biobased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been shown to have no corrosive effect on metals tested in a study by researchers from the University of Barcelona and the University of Lleida in Spain. The five metals tested were aluminum, copper, carbon steel, stainless steel 304 or stainless steel 316.

http://www.puretemp.com/stories/puretemp-23-shows-no-corrosive-effect-on-five-metals-tested-in-study

2 experts on thermal energy storage join Entropy's board of advisors

Ben Welter - Monday, December 22, 2014

Luisa Cabeza and Mohammed Farid, two internationally renowned authorities on phase change materials and thermal energy storage, have joined Entropy Solutions’ advisory board.

Dr. Cabeza, a professor at the University of Lleida, Spain, is the director of GREA Innovació Concurrent, a research group that is developing thermal energy storage concepts and systems for solar water tanks, HVAC systems, industrial applications and concentrated solar power plants. She has co-written more than 100 papers and published several books on phase change material and thermal energy storage.

Dr. Farid, a professor of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is a leading authority on thermal energy storage and phase change materials. He has been working since 1980 on the development of PCMs, their encapsulation and applications, from buildings and cold storage to the cooling of batteries and electronic devices.

Encapsys' McKinney is honored for PCM presentation

Ben Welter - Friday, November 21, 2014

Jei McKinneyJei McKinney of Encapsys has won the Herman Stone Technical Excellence Award for her presentation “Art and Science of Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials,” presented during the Polyurethane Foam Association's fall meeting. McKinney, a senior business development manager at Encapsys, received the highest score of seven presented at the November program in Chattanooga, Ten. The topic: microencapsulation technology application in flexible polyurethane foam production.

http://urethaneblog.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/11/pfa-technical-excellence-award.html

Ice Energy wins innovation award for TES system

Ben Welter - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ice Energy of Glendale, Calif., has won a Los Angeles Business Journal 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award. The company, which makes the Ice Bear thermal energy storage system, was honored as one of the region's "most impactful innovators." The Ice Bear system makes ice at night, when electricity is cheaper, and uses it to cool buildings during the day.