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PCM briefing: Research opening at Newcastle University; Pelican BioThermal lands Mexico partnership

Ben Welter - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

• The Sir Joseph Swan Center for Energy Research at Newcastle University has an opening for a research associate with expertise in adsorption refrigeration, thermal energy storage, solar power engineering, heat and mass transfer, and thermodynamics. The full-time position is for 12 months to cover maternity leave.

Pelican BioThermal has expanded its presence in Central America, announcing a distribution partnership with Kryotec, a cold chain technology company based in Mexico City.

• "While the wave of EPA regulation that is soon to come will impose many challenges, the revised TSCA also provides some opportunities that should not be overlooked," writes Joseph J. Green of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Manufacturers, for example, "can seek an EPA 'safe to use' determination -- which could have obvious marketing advantages (and forestall potential state regulations)."

PCM briefing: Job openings at ARPA-E, RGEES; how to thermally model a material with hysteresis

Ben Welter - Thursday, March 24, 2016

ARPA-E is seeking candidates for a number of openings in Washington, D.C.: senior advisor for technical assessment and impact; program director; technology to market advisors; ARPA-E fellows and technology-to-market scholars. 

• PCM manufacturer RGEES has posted an opening for a production technician at its plant in Arden, N.C. 

• Software maker COMSOL outlines a procedure for thermally modeling a material with hysteresis, which means that the melting temperature is different from the solidification temperature.

• Global investment in renewable energy hit a record $286 billion in 2015, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Program. Developing economies accounted for nearly 55 percent of the total. It's a different story in Europe, evidently. The Guardian reports that the clean technology industry there "has fallen into a rapid decline, with investment in low-carbon energy last year plummeting to its lowest level in a decade."

PCM briefing: Upward pressure on palm oil prices; lab technician opening at CIC Energigune

Ben Welter - Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Global palm oil production is expected to be lower in 2016 than forecast due to the El Niño phenomenon, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council said Tuesday. The council projects an average price of $621 per metric ton and says the price is not likely fall below $480.

CIC Energigune, an energy research center in Spain's Basque Country, has an opening for a lab technician in its thermal energy storage group.

Johnson & Johnson and va-Q-tec Ltd. won first-place awards at the annual temperature controlled logistics conference in Frankfurt last month. Katharina Wuensche, va-Q-tec's director of business development, won the Cold Chain IQ Newcomer Award.  

• Among cold chain specialist Gary Hutchinson's predictions for 2016: Specialized packaging for specific drugs and tighter controls on clinical trial operations in extreme environments.

• In an interview with Health Care Packaging, cold chain consultant Geoff Glauser talks about the challenges of transporting the Ebola vaccine to West Africa. Intellectual Ventures' Arktek passive cooling device was adapted for use in clinical trials of the vaccine, using a specially formulated phase change liquid that freezes at -80º C.

PCM briefing: PCM-equipped heat pump is up for Dutch award; Axiom Exergy is looking for a product engineer

Ben Welter - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Coolmark's TripleAqua heat pump, which uses phase change material to store hot and cold energy, is one of three finalists in the energy savings category of the 2016 VSK Awards. The awards honor Dutch innovation and initiative in engineering. Winners will be announced Feb. 3 at the VSK trade show in Utrecht.

California startup Axiom Exergy, maker of a "Refrigeration Battery" designed to reduce supermarket energy costs, has posted an opening for a product engineer. Candidates are invited to answer this question: "Given the choice between pure water and a NaCl-water solution as the thermal energy storage medium in medium temperature (40°F, 4.4°C) refrigeration applications, what are the pros and cons of each material?" 

Abu Dhabi International Airport's new district cooling plant, completed this week, has 18 chillers, two thermal energy storage tanks and a total capacity of 55,000 metric tons of refrigerant.

Restonic is infusing phase change material into the surface of the TempaGel memory foam used in the mattress maker's new ComfortCare Hybrid Signature line.

The $20 million Jemalong Solar Thermal Station, which uses molten salt as a thermal storage medium, has entered the commissioning phase, developer Vast Solar says. The grid-connected pilot plant in New South Wales, Australia, is expected to reach full operation as early as May. 

BoTemp, a Dutch company that produces cold storage systems for the transport and container industry, has added two eutectic systems to its product line: The on-board Cold Battery uses chilled air forced into the cargo area to give a wide controllable temperature range from -18º C to 4º C. The stationary Cold Charger can quickly charge multiple vehicles or containers at the same time.

Ice Energy, which makes the Ice Bear thermal energy storage system, is on Business.com's list of 10 start-ups to watch in 2016.

PCM briefing: Ice Energy hires CFO; Ember temperature-adjustable mug among gadgets at Consumer Electronics Show

Ben Welter - Thursday, January 07, 2016

Ice Energy, maker of the Ice Bear thermal energy storage system, has hired Charles Costenbader as its new chief financial officer. Costenbader most recently served as chief operating officer of Synthesis Energy Systems, Shanghai, China.

Ember Technologies' temperature-adjustable mug, powered by phase change material, is among the gadgets on display at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Appliance maker Glen Dimplex is about to begin recruiting 1,250 households in Germany, Latvia and Ireland to test its Quantum electric thermal storage system later this year.

The UK Green Building Council has launched a program to ensure that commercial buildings across the country meet the performance standards promised by developers.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is accepting applications for a year-round student internship to help foster clean energy development on tribal lands. 

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy is seeking technology-to-market experts to guide ARPA-E awardees in the development and execution of technology commercialization strategies. 

ARPA-E has posted the agenda for the Energy Innovation Summit, Feb. 29-March 2 in suburban Washington, D.C. Advanced Cooling Technologies and the Electric Power Research Institute, which are developing PCM-based dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants, are listed among the 267 showcase participants. 

CIC Energigune seeks post-doctoral researchers to work on macroscopic physical modeling, thermal energy storage

Ben Welter - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CIC Energigune, an energy research center in Spain's Basque Country, has openings for two post-doctoral researchers in its thermal energy storage group. The group is working to identify innovative heat storage solutions through the development of new materials and designs. According to the job posting:

"The detailed analysis of the interstitial flow of different fluids (air, CO2, molten salt etc.) through the packed bed of different solid materials (Steel slag, concrete, Zirconia, Alumina etc.) will represent the core activities of the research. ... In addition, the research could also be completed with the modeling of alternative thermal energy storage concepts based on different heat storage methodologies such as latent heat storage using phase change materials or sensible heat storage by means of fluidized bed solutions."

http://www.cicenergigune.com/en/trabajar/oferta/2015-05-29/postdoctoral-researcher-positions-macroscopic-physical-modeling-thermal-energy-storage/

Job posting: Junior Chemist at Entropy Solutions' lab in Alabama

Ben Welter - Thursday, March 26, 2015

Entropy Solutions has an opening at its lab in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a skilled Junior Chemist. Candidates for this job must possess a basic knowledge of phase change materials, including synthesis and purification routes. A B.S. or M.S. degree in chemistry, with a minimum of 2 years of practical lab experience, is required.

Job posting: Operations Manager at Entropy Solutions' R&D lab in Alabama

Ben Welter - Thursday, February 12, 2015

Entropy Solutions, maker of PureTemp, the world's first 100 percent renewable phase change material, is accepting applications for the position of Operations Manager at the company's R&D lab in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Working closely with our team of top-notch scientists, the Operations Manager will help direct a wide range of project- and infrastructure-related initiatives.

ARPA-E seeks technology-to-market scholars, fellows

Ben Welter - Thursday, February 05, 2015

ARPA-E is accepting applications for technology-to-market scholars and fellows. During their 8- to 12-week tenure, scholars will conduct analysis and research to support the commercialization of ARPA-E's energy technology projects and programs. During their two-year tenure, ARPA-E fellows will focus on identifying breakthrough energy technologies.

http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-site-page/job-opportunities