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N.Y. conference on renewable energy set for Sept. 24-25

Ben Welter - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Registration is open for the REV4NY conference and expo in New York City Sept. 24-25. 

"Reforming the Energy Vision" – REV – is New York State's effort to pave the way for utilities, homeowners and businesses to adopt renewable energy technology more easily.

The conference agenda and list of speakers are still in flux, but Day 1 includes a session on integrating behind-the-meter storage with solar, EV and other technologies. Networking sessions and opportunities to explore partnerships are also on the agenda.

http://www.greentechmedia.com/events/live/energy-to-lead-rev4ny-exchange

PCM refrigeration conference set for May 2016

Ben Welter - Thursday, July 16, 2015

An international conference on phase change materials and slurries for refrigeration and air conditioning is set for May 18-20, 2016, in Karlsruhe, Germany. 

PCM 2016, sponsored by the International Institute of Refrigeration, will bring together scientists, researchers and industry leaders to discuss the latest developments in the field. Topics will include:

• Thermophysical properties of PCMs and slurries
• Transport phenomena of PCMs and slurries: mass, momentum and heat transfer
• Time-dependent behavior of PCMs and slurries
• Direct contact heat exchange

The conference will be conducted in English. Abstracts are due by Nov. 1; final papers are due by March 15.   

http://www.hs-karlsruhe.de/pcm2016

Solar 2015 includes session on feasibility of seasonal ice thermal energy storage

Ben Welter - Monday, July 13, 2015

Dr. Richard D. Wilk, professor of mechanical engineering at Union College, will present research on the feasibility of seasonal ice thermal energy storage at the Solar 2015 conference at Penn State later this month. Other session topics include "The Great Solar Thermal Debate," "Research Advances in Solar Thermal," "Solar Thermal's Future: The Big Picture" and "High Performance Buildings."  

Dr. Richard D. WilkHere's a description of the July 29 poster session on seasonal ice storage:

"The system consists of a large insulated volume capable of storing large amounts of snow and ice collected in the winter, and storing it for weeks to months to produce chilled water for cooling buildings in hot weather. This project involved developing a transient heat transfer model to predict the time-dependent temperature of a snow/ice bed in a well-insulated compartment subjected to heat gain from the environment and simulated building cooling system return water. The model was used to study the effects of design parameters, like insulation type and thickness as well as the return water flow rate on the melt time."

http://solar2015.ases.org/session/evaluating-the-feasibility-of-ice-thermal-energy-storage/

Papers sought for 2016 conference on building design for Gulf, Mediterranean climates

Ben Welter - Friday, May 08, 2015

Papers are being sought for a 2016 conference focused on building design and system technologies.  

Nesreen GhaddarThe second International Conference on Efficient Building Design: Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies will take place Sept. 22–23, 2016, in Beirut, Lebanon.  The conference objective is to present advanced research on better building design, adapted to the hot, humid Gulf climate and the moderate, humid Mediterranean climate, according to conference chair Nesreen Ghaddar.

"This conference will serve as a platform for presenting advanced research in these topics with the intent to highlight emerging new HVAC technologies with renewables integration, optimal ventilation and indoor air quality and adapting alternative refrigerants to warmer climates," said Ghaddar, a professor of mechanical engineering at the American University of Beirut, one of the sponsors. "Specifically, direction is sought on which HVAC technologies best utilize solar PV power, what techniques to use for separate sensible and latent heat management, and how to develop hybrid systems that combine mechanical and mixed ventilation methods."

Abstracts are due Sept. 15, 2015.

https://www.ashrae.org/membership--conferences/conferences/2016-2nd-international-conference-efficient-building-design#call

Mmmm, now that's some fine-tasting PCM

Ben Welter - Thursday, May 07, 2015

Sunamp's chocolate fountainSunamp Ltd., a British company that makes heat storage batteries, hardly mentions phase change materials on its website, sunamp.co.uk. Which is strange, since it's no secret that PCMs power the batteries, which store heat for domestic hot water and space heating.   

And yet PCMs of a sort were the centerpiece of the company's networking event Wednesday at the All-Energy 2015 Exhibition and Conference in Glasgow. Visitors were encouraged to sample "some of the tastiest phase change materials around" — chocolate in liquid form cascading from a fountain.

Nearby, SmartestEnergy held a "Best of British" drinks reception, with regional craft beers and wine. 

Beer, wine and food-grade PCMs? Sign me up for the 2016 conference.