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Patent application: Thermal management system with PCM liner and panels

Ben Welter - Thursday, April 02, 2015

U.S. patent application 20150068242 [Pelican BioPharma, applicant]:

Patent application U.S. patent application 20150068242 drawing"A thermal management system includes a case; an insulation material provided within the case, the insulation material defining an interior volume of the insulation material; a liner arranged in the interior volume, the liner having an inner surface that extends toward a center of the case; an outer container of phase change material provided in the liner, the outer container comprising a plurality of outer panels containing a first phase change material, the plurality of outer panels comprising a bottom outer panel, a top outer panel, and side outer panels; and an inner container of phase change material provided in the outer container, the inner container comprising a plurality of inner panels containing a second phase change material; wherein an outer surface of each of the side outer panels is parallel with the inner surface of the liner."

Connect with PCM experts and industry leaders on LinkedIn

Ben Welter - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Phase Change Matters logoNew on LinkedIn: A group devoted to the discussion of phase change material and thermal energy storage, a place for PCM and TES experts and industry leaders from around the world to gather and share ideas. It's called Phase Change Matters, and it's intended as a highly interactive complement to the blog and newsletter of the same name.

The first topic up for discussion: PCM and off-peak cooling systems:

TES pioneers like CALMAC and Ice Energy have been installing ice-based energy storage systems for years. And district cooling has been around for decades. What are the main barriers to wider adoption of phase change material in these types of thermal energy storage systems? Complexity? Education? Cost?

You are invited to join the discussion. Here's a link to the group:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=6953237

Patent application: Engineered foam and foam mattress with PCM

Ben Welter - Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sealy patent application 20150067967U.S. patent application 20150067967 [Assignee Sealy Technology LLC]: 

"In accordance with one aspect of the disclosure and inventions, there is provided engineered foam for use as a layer in a foam mattress construction having multiple layers including a top layer of foam and at least one additional layer of foam, and a coating of phase change material applied to a top surface of the top layer of foam. Surface application of phase change material to a top surface of a top layer of foam of a foam mattress provides more efficient transfer of heat away from a body on the mattress and reduced heat accumulation at the body-mattress interface."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20150067967.pdf

Patent application: Cooling apparatus using solid-liquid PCMs

Ben Welter - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Patent application 20150060017: "The cooling apparatus includes a pipeline, a housing enclosing the pipeline, and the solid-liquid PCM filling in an interior of the pipeline and a space between the pipeline and the housing. The solid-liquid PCM can contact a heat source and absorb the heat generated by the heat source, so as to transform from solid state to liquid state. The solid-liquid PCM in the liquid state can circulate inside the pipeline and the space between the pipeline and the housing. Thus, the heat is dissipated by the means of thermal convection. Meanwhile, the heat also can be dissipated through the housing. Therefore, the heat dissipation can be achieved by thermal conduction and heat convection simultaneously."

New patent: Thermal energy storage device

Ben Welter - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

U.S. patent 8966902, "Storage and recovery of thermal energy based on counter current principle of heat transfer medium transportation": "A thermal energy storage device is provided. The device has a heat exchanger arrangement for guiding a flow of a heat transfer medium between a first end and a second end of the heat exchanger arrangement, and a heat storage material surrounding the heat exchanger arrangement." 

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8966902.pdf

Patent application: Composite construction panels and applications

Ben Welter - Friday, February 27, 2015

U.S. patent application 20150056404 (assignee Phase Change Energy Solutions Inc.):

"In some embodiments, a composite construction panel comprises a substrate layer, a cover layer separated from the substrate layer by one or more spacers, and at least one mat disposed between the substrate layer and the cover layer, wherein the mat comprises at least one phase change material disposed in at least one phase change region."

Patent application: Heat recovery system incorporating PCMs

Ben Welter - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

U.S. patent application 20150047579:

"A heat recovery system arranged to heat water includes at least one heat exchanger arranged to heat water by heat exchange with waste heat. ... A preferred type of heat storage unit for this aspect of the invention are those containing phase change materials in order to access the latent heat associated with phase change."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20150047579.pdf