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RGEES won an Excellence Award for Best Cost Efficiency Project at last week's Cold Chain Global Forum in Boston. The North Carolina-based company, manufacturer of savENRG PCM products, was honored for its new ambient shipper, Standard 71. Developed jointly by RGEES and Paradigm Design Solutions Inc., the reusable "small-box" shipper uses salt-hydrate phase change material to keep blood specimens between 15° C to 25° C for 48 hours.
UK-based Carpenter Ltd. has launched a "next generation" line of temperature-regulating bedding products. "Climate Collection" memory foam mattresses, pillows and toppers employ Thermic phase change technology. The bedding responds to temperature changes by absorbing, storing and releasing heat to keep the temperature close to the skin "within a ‘comfort zone’ of 28-30º Celsius for longer than standard products." Devan Chemicals of Belgium developed the PCM microencapsulation technology.
Latent Heat Storage has been awarded a $400,000 (AUD) grant from the Australian government to help launch its sand-based thermal energy storage system on the international market. The Adelaide-based company's system, based on the latent heat properties of silicon derived from sand, is designed to complement intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar.
According to a report in RenewEconomy, the system "can provide energy storage on an industrial scale, up to several hundred megawatt hours – enough to power around 7,000 homes for a day; and is also small enough to fit inside a 20-foot shipping container, making it suitable for both on- and off-grid applications."
Ice Energy plans to begin marketing "Solar + Ice," a combined photovoltaic and thermal energy storage system.
The company's behind-the-meter Ice Bear system stores thermal energy in the form of ice at night, when demand for power is low. The combined system uses excess solar energy to create ice during the day, with the Ice Bear providing cooling in late afternoon and early evening hours as solar generation tapers off.
The Santa Barbara, Calif., company says it is partnering with leading solar companies such as NRG Energy on the new system. It will be available to utilities through long-term power purchase agreements that guarantee performance.
“Solar has proven itself to be a low-cost, reliable and green generation resource, but its intermittent nature has limited its value to the grid,” said CEO Mike Hopkins. “Until now, the missing piece has been cost-effective and reliable storage. Our new bundle solves the problem.”
EnergyNest is expected to announce the results of its concrete-based thermal energy storage pilot project in Abu Dhabi this month. Energy Storage Report's Jason Deign says concrete might be "the ace up the sleeve" for the Norwegian company and others pursuing similar forms of solar TES. Among the advantages:
"In terms of supply chain, handling and construction, few materials are likely to be as cost effective, easy to obtain and simple to use. Concrete has decent thermal properties and is less likely than loose TES substrates, such as gravel, to suffer from thermal ratcheting. This is where the substrate packs itself into the bottom of the storage tank after repeated heating and cooling cycles cause the material to expand and contract."
Ice Energy is one of three energy storage "pioneers" profiled in the Los Angeles Times this week.
The three companies take different approaches to storing energy for use when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow. Sonnenbatterie makes a refrigerator-size lithium-ion battery that can power a home for up to two weeks. NEC Energy Solutions makes huge grid-scale batteries for utilities such as Southern California Edison.
Ice Energy has partnered with Southern California Edison to provide 26 megawatts of behind-the-meter thermal storage. The Times explains how Ice Energy's Ice Bear system works:
"On the outside it looks like any other metal box on the roof of some commercial building.
"Inside the unit is an ice maker for which the water needs changing just once every 20 years. The ice is frozen at night, when commercial electricity rates are likely to be lower. When it gets hot the next day, the air conditioner's energy-hog compressor shuts down, and cold water from the Ice Bear is fed into the air-conditioning unit for cooling. The water then recycles back to the Ice Bear.
" 'It's those air-conditioning units that create spikes on the grid,' said [Mike] Hopkins, Ice Energy's chief executive.
"Basically, the Ice Bear, known as a thermal storage unit, saves electricity during peak demand times, when electricity is most expensive. It doesn't replace air conditioners but helps them operate more efficiently."
U.S. patent application 20150284616 (applicant University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.):
"In one embodiment, a phase change material is encapsulated by forming a phase change material pellet, coating the pellet with flexible material, heating the coated pellet to melt the phase change material, wherein the phase change materials expands and air within the pellet diffuses out through the flexible material, and cooling the coated pellet to solidify the phase change material."
For our full list of recent academic research, see puretemp.com/academic. Here are highlights from the past week:From Thermochimica Acta:
More than 375 of your peers have joined a new LinkedIn group devoted to the discussion of phase change material and thermal energy storage. The Phase Change Matters group is an interactive complement to the blog and newsletter of the same name.
You are invited to join the group and connect with PCM and TES experts from around the world. New members this week include Devendra Jain, director at Pluss Advanced Technologies; Abby Meuser-Herr, an architectural designer at LHB Minneapolis; and Carlos Amaro, senior engineering design technician at Rice University.
Two Entropy Solutions advisors, Dr. Mohammed Farid of the University of Auckland and Lucas B. Hyman of Goss Engineering, are ready to answer your questions about phase change material and thermal energy storage. We'll select the best questions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and post the answers here each Friday.