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PCM briefing: Croda to showcase automotive product line; Outlast technology on display in Leipzig

Ben Welter - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Croda, the global specialty chemical company, will showcase its automotive product portfolio in June at Automechanika 2016 in Birmingham, U.K. Among the sustainable products on display: bio-based phase change material designed for in-cabin temperature control and cold storage evaporators.

Hydas wrist brace with Outlast PCMThe latest innovations featuring Outlast phase change technology were on display last week at the OT World trade show in Leipzig. Outlast's PCM-enhanced foam is used to cushion the inside of ankle orthoses made by the French company Thuasne. Compression bandages made by a German company, Bort, include Outlast PCM to improve thermal comfort. And Hydas Fabrik für Medizinalbedarf, another German company, uses Outlast fibers in bandages, supporting belts and wrist braces (shown here) for extended heat management. 

BASF, maker of Micronal phase change material and other sustainable building materials and products, is taking a leadership role in the World Green Building Council’s Europe Regional Network. As an official partner, BASF will play a key part in supporting growth of the sustainable building movement in Europe.

Ben VanderPlas, Sonoco ThermoSafe's global product manager, is featured in a video produced by Healthcare Packaging magazine. VanderPlas explains how ThermoSafe's LD7 Quarter PMC reflects a new approach to passive pallet shipper design for the distribution of bulk temperature-sensitive products.  

Roccor LLC of Longmont, Colo., has posted an opening for a thermal test engineer to help develop two-phase cooling devices for high-power military and commercial electronic systems.  

• Planning to attend the 2017 Temperature Controlled Logistics conference in London? Take a 10-minute industry survey and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a complimentary pass.

PCM briefing: Thermal battery maker Sunamp raises $4.6 million; Viking Cold Solutions' cooling system is on display in Hannover

Ben Welter - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

• U.K. thermal battery maker Sunamp has raised 3.2 million pounds ($4.6 million) in its latest investment round. Sunamp said “an international private investor in the energy market” led the funding round, along with existing investors Scottish Investment Bank, Par Equity, Equity Gap, Highland Venture Capital and Old College Capital. The company said the money would be used to fund expansion and product development.

Viking Cold Solutions' hybrid cooling system is on display at the industrial technology show in Hannover, Germany, this week. The new system combines phase change material with solar photovoltaics for use in supermarkets and food warehouses. The Houston-based company says the system can reduce electricity peak demand by up to 90 percent.

EGO Power+ string trimmer• The new EGO Power+ 15-inch string trimmer, which uses phase change material to keep its rechargeable battery cool, was the highest-rated of 11 battery-powered trimmers reviewed this month by Pro Tool Reviews.

• The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has signed an agreement with the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to work together to stimulate development of "high-potential, high-impact clean energy technologies" in the state. The collaboration will focus on a broad range of technology, including smart grid, distributed energy, renewable energy and energy storage.

• New report from Future Market Insights: "Temperature Controlled Packaging Solutions Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015-2025".

• South Africa's new Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant has set an African record for continuous supply of electricity: 161 hours, or nearly six days. The plant's molten salt system provides 9.3 hours of thermal storage.

PCM briefing: South Africa fires up solar plant with TES; Toto offers free course on product disclosure, design

Ben Welter - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

South Africa and ACWA Power launched a $328 million solar power plant in the Northern Cape province this week. The Bokpoort plant is designed to power more than 200,000 homes. Two thermal energy storage tanks hold molten salt capable of providing 9.3 hours of operation.

• Plumbing fixture manufacturer Toto Ltd. is offering a free online course, "Product Disclosure and the Future of Design," through GreenCE. The one-hour course covers product design, life cycle assessments, environmental product declarations and transparency reports. AIA and LEED credits are available.

Ian Tainsley, chief technical officer at Sure Chill, has won the Institute of Refrigeration's J&E Hall Gold Medal. The U.K. company's water-based cooling technology is used in a refrigerator that keeps vaccines within a temperature range of 2° to 8°C for 10 days or more without the need for a grid-based electricity.

• Fiber and polymer manufacturer Invista introduced a new heat-dispersing fiberfill bedding material at New York Home Fashions Market Week on Monday. Dacron Memorelle CoolFX fiberfill includes a cover infused with phase change material to provide an "initial cooling sensation ... and lasting heat management by diffusing moisture to keep sleepers cool and dry."

PCM briefing: A bioplastics breakthrough from DuPont/ADM; a revamped bedding line from Tempur-Pedic

Ben Welter - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CleanTechnica takes a look at the DuPont-ADM "breakthrough" process for producing a high-performance, 100 percent biodegradable bioplastic. The companies' first project will use furan dicarboxylic methyl ester to produce polytrimethylene furandicarboxylate, which ADM says outperforms petroleum-based polymers in extending beverage shelf life.

•  Tempur-Pedic has revamped its Breeze line of cooler-sleep beds, fusing phase change material in the top Tempur foam layer to deliver “a significantly improved cooling effect,” the company said.

Composite sandwich panels containing phase change material are among 20 smart materials and structures identified by a European Union study with possible applications in the shipbuilding industry. The panels would minimize heat transfer and lower cooling costs on refrigerated cargo ships.  

• Sonoco ThermoSafe, Pluss Advanced Technologies, va-Q-tec AG, Peli BioThermal, Cryopak, AAR Cold Chain Solutions and Croda are among the companies exhibiting PCM-related products at the 15th annual Temperature Controlled Logistics Europe conference in Frankfurt, Germany, this week. 

Registration open for renewable energy storage conference in Düsseldorf

Ben Welter - Monday, January 11, 2016

Registration is open for the 10th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference to be held March 15-17 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The conference will feature sessions on high-temperature thermal energy storage for electricity production, TES for buildings and TES for increased efficiency in industry. Among the presentations: 

"Top-down and Bottom-up Analysis of the Economics of Thermal Energy Storage," Christoph Rathgeber, ZAE Bayern, Germany

"Characterisation and Enhancement of Phase Change Slurries," Sophia Niedermaier, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany

"Quasi‐Stationary Modelling of Melting and Solidification Inside a Latent Heat Storage System," Felix Eckl, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

"Improve Flexibility for Heat Pumps in Smart‐Grids by the Integration of a Thermal Storage System," Philipp Schütz, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

"Operational Results of a Combined Thermal Energy Storage with Electricity Generation System," Günter Schneider, STORASOL GmbH, Germany

"Management of Thermal and Electrical Systems in Residential Areas ‐ A Case‐Based Techno-Economical Optimization," Andreas Bachmaier, Fraunhofer Institut for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany

"Standard Procedure for PCM Characterization via DSC and Online Database for High Quality PCM‐Data," [presenter not listed]

Reduced rates are available through Jan. 31.

http://www.eurosolar.de/en/index.php/ires-conference-series/ires2016

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. 

Monodraught's PCM-based cooling system on display at HVAC 2015

Ben Welter - Monday, October 05, 2015

Monodraught Ltd. will feature its Cool-phase Hybrid system at this week's HVAC 2015 trade show in Birmingham, England. The ventilation system links high-efficiency air-to-water heat pumps with a PCM-based cooling system. The company says the system can maintain comfortable temperatures while cutting energy consumption by up to 90 percent compared with a conventional cooling system.

http://www.pfmonthenet.net/article/105699/Monodraught-exhibiting-at-HVAC-2015.aspx