Special Issue "Phase Change Material (PCM) 2017"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017)
Dr. Alvaro de Gracia
Departament d’Enginyeria Mecanica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Av. Paisos Catalans 26, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
Interests: thermal energy storage; numerical simulations; building applications; industrial applications
Phase change materials (PCM) have attracted the attention of researchers for their use in different thermal energy storage (TES) systems. These materials can store and release high amounts of energy in a reduced thermal range, making them suitable for implementation in multiple applications, such as buildings, industrial processes, concentrating solar power plants, solar cooling plants, or waste heat recovery systems. Efforts on materials research are focused on the characterization and development of new materials, the overcoming of technical barriers, such as low thermal conductivity, and the improvement of the material properties with the use of nano- or micro-particles. Moreover, experimental tests at prototype scale are of crucial importance to analyze the performance of PCM use in a given application under laboratory or real conditions. Furthermore, numerical models play an important role to improve the design and control strategies of PCM units, which may lead to increase overall efficiency and to reduce investments and running costs, making the use of PCM technologies attractive to the market. Finally, the study of life cycle analyses (LCA) of PCM systems have demonstrated that the use of appropriate TES systems using PCM can lead to less pollution in the environment and less CO2 emissions.
Prof. Luisa F. Cabeza
Dr. Sumin Kim
Dr. Alvaro de Gracia
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Phase change materials (PCM)
Thermal Energy Storage (TES)
Waste heat recovery