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Energies 2017, 10(2), 152; doi:10.3390/en10020152

Phase Change Material Based Accumulation Panels in Combination with Renewable Energy Sources and Thermoelectric Cooling

The Department of Automation and Control Engineering, Faculty of Applied Informatics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Nad Stráněmi 4511, 76005 Zlín, Czech Republic
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Skovajsa, J.; Koláček, M.; Zálešák, M. Thermal energy storage in the form of heat or cold with using of the PCM-based accumulation panels. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers (CSCC 2016), Corfu Island, Greece, 14–17 July 2016.
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Received: 28 September 2016 / Revised: 3 January 2017 / Accepted: 17 January 2017 / Published: 24 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Heating and Cooling Techniques)
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The article deals with the use of modern materials and technologies that can improve the thermal comfort in buildings. The article describes the design and usage of a special accumulation device, which is composed of thermal panels based on phase change materials (PCMs). The thermal panels have an integrated tube heat exchanger and heating foils. The technology can be used as a passive or active system for heating and cooling. It is designed as a “green technology”, so it is able to use renewable energy sources, e.g., photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar thermal collectors and heat pumps. Moreover, an interesting possibility is the ability to use thermoelectric coolers. In the research, measurements of the different operating modes were made, and the results are presented in the text. The measurement approves that the technology improves the thermal capacity of the building, and it is possible to use it for active heating and cooling. View Full-Text
Keywords: phase change material (PCM); renewable energy source; solar collector; photovoltaic (PV); thermoelectric cooling; accumulation phase change material (PCM); renewable energy source; solar collector; photovoltaic (PV); thermoelectric cooling; accumulation
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Skovajsa, J.; Koláček, M.; Zálešák, M. Phase Change Material Based Accumulation Panels in Combination with Renewable Energy Sources and Thermoelectric Cooling. Energies 2017, 10, 152.

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