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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(12), 1317;

Inorganic Salt Hydrate for Thermal Energy Storage

Key Laboratory of Enhanced Heat Transfer and Energy Conservation, The Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
Guangdong Engineering Technology Research Center of Efficent Heat Storage and Application, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 6 December 2017 / Accepted: 14 December 2017 / Published: 18 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy)
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Using phase change materials (PCMs) for thermal energy storage has always been a hot topic within the research community due to their excellent performance on energy conservation such as energy efficiency in buildings, solar domestic hot water systems, textile industry, biomedical and food agroindustry. Several literatures have reported phase change materials concerning various aspects. Among these materials, salt hydrates are worthy of exploring due to their high-energy storage density, rational price, multiple sources and relatively good thermal conductivity. This paper reviews the present state of salt hydrates PCMs targeting classification, properties, defects, possible solutions as well as their idiographic features which are suitable for applications. In addition, new trends of future research are also indicated. View Full-Text
Keywords: inorganic salt hydrates; phase change materials; thermal energy storage; application inorganic salt hydrates; phase change materials; thermal energy storage; application

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Xie, N.; Huang, Z.; Luo, Z.; Gao, X.; Fang, Y.; Zhang, Z. Inorganic Salt Hydrate for Thermal Energy Storage. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1317.

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