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Dow, NEST team up on TES pilot project in Abu Dhabi

Ben Welter - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Dow Chemical is collaborating with NEST AS of Norway on a thermal energy storage pilot project in Abu Dhabi. The project, to be undertaken at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's concentrated solar power installation in Masdar City, will study the feasibility of a novel TES system developed by NEST. Dow will supply technical support and 2.6 metric tons of its Dowtherm A heat transfer fluid. 

http://www.helioscsp.com/noticia.php?id_not=2893

New BASF app calculates impact of PCM use in buildings

Ben Welter - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PCM app screen shotBASF has just launched an Android app to help architects, engineers and investors assess the impact of phase change materials on a building's cooling load. The free app, which also includes tips for PCM users and links to industry research, calculates potential energy savings based on building materials that incorporate BASF's Micronal phase change material. According to the app description in Google's Play Store:

"Just enter the cooling load of a building conventionally calculated according to VDI 2078. After entering some additional data on the building situation and the desired PCM building material, you are provided with a figure which is a reduction factor for this cooling load, optimized for the application in question. This reduction factor is calculated on the basis of forecast dynamic simulations in standard rooms and applies the user's data to a suitable reference building, extrapolating it to the actual construction project in question.

"The app also takes economic efficiency into account and shows the user the break-even point when the costs required for buying and installing the PCM construction material have been covered by savings in facility investments and energy." 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.basf.micronal&hl=en

IRENA to launch 'Google of renewable energy'

Ben Welter - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CleanTechnica's Zachary Shahan reports that the International Renewable Energy Agency is ready to unveil REsource, a research tool he describes as "akin to a Google of renewable energy." 

IRENA says the goal is to provide "relevant, reliable and timely information on renewable energy market statistics, potentials, policies, finance, technology costs and benefits, innovations and education."  Screenshots of the tool show a Google-like main screen that will allow visitors to tap IRENA's "vast knowledge base" for information by source, energy type and country.  

The tool is expected to be launched at IRENA's 5th Assembly in Abu Dhabi next week.

http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/13/irena-launches-resource-google-renewable-energy-information

Stay warm for less by storing heat better

Ben Welter - Monday, November 24, 2014

By examining heat flows in a three-bedroom house, the UK Energy Research Centre has found that phase change materials can store heat three times more effectively when combined with heat pumps than existing methods such as storage heaters. "What's great about storage is that heat can be generated off-peak while 'waste' heat can be saved for later use, thus increasing energy efficiency and cutting cost, assuming, of course, we have an appropriate tariff structure that incentivizes storage," the project's lead researcher, Philip Eames, told Phys.org.