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• Bruce Truesdale has joined Phase Change Energy Solutions of Asheboro, N.C., as director of business development – cold chain. He was formerly senior supply chain consultant at Verta Life Sciences and director of health care at Protek Pharma Worldwide. He declined an interview request, but his new job title suggests that PCES, whose product line now focuses on HVAC, building and thermal energy storage, has an interest in the temperature-controlled packaging market. Earlier this year, PCES announced an investment by Pegasus Capital Advisors, Emerald Technology Ventures and Third Prime, an early-stage venture fund and prior investor. The company said it would use the proceeds to fund the continued development of its thermal storage products and expand its operations globally.
• Chalmers University of Technology of Sweden has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in thermal energy storage for building applications. The research group Building Physics is working “to find out how novel TES with phase change materials (PCM) could complement the existing district heating and cooling networks and co-operate with other peak shaving techniques (water accumulator tanks, ground heat storage pumps, etc.) through smart thermal grids.” The application deadline is June 9.
• Outlast will showcase its new nylon filament yarn at the Techtextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, next week. “The PCMs optimized for this specific application,” Outlast says, “are included directly inside the polyamide fibers.” Potential applications include next-to-skin products such as undergarments, shapewear, sportswear and hosiery. The company says it now sources the majority of PCMs used in its products from renewable instead of synthetic raw materials.
• A PCM coating designed to absorb heat from rockets is among the dozens of NASA spinoffs listed in the latest issue of Spinoff, an annual publication that has been documenting space agency spinoffs since 1976. In the early 2000s, Raj Kaul, a materials scientist at Marshall Space Flight Center, began researching a way to use PCM to keep the outside of spacecraft at a safe temperature. An entrepreneur eventually snapped up the patent for the coating Kaul developed and is working on a number of products based on the technology, including aircraft paint, pipe heat traps and an iceless cooler, shown at right.
• The U.S. Department of Energy this week announced $89 million in funding for “innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects.” “Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials,” one of three areas to receive funding, includes phase change storage materials for heating and cooling applications. The department anticipates making up to 55 awards for up to three years. Concept papers are due on June 20.
U.S. patent application 20190133213 (applicant Puma SE, Herzogenaurach, Germany):
“A garment, especially to a sports garment, including a textile substrate which covers a part of the body of the wearer of the garment, wherein at least a section of the textile substrate is coated with at least two different Phase Change Materials, wherein a first Phase Change Material is arranged which has a phase transition temperature between 27° C. and 29° C., wherein a second Phase Change Material is arranged which has a phase transition temperature between 35° C. and 37° C., wherein both of the Phase Change Materials are in thermal contact with at least one thermochromic dye. By doing so, an improved thermal regulation during sporting activities is obtained which can be controlled visually.”
U.S. patent application 20190133819 (inventor Andrew John Mason, Mono, Calif.):
“Described are various embodiments of a cooling pack. In one such embodiment a cooling pack is provided for cooling a crotch region of a human while seated on a seating surface, the cooling pack comprising a tapered container for holding a cooling material therein, and defined by tapering upper and lower surfaces drawing into a tapered edge to be positioned between the crotch region and the seating surface in use, thereby providing cooling for the region.”
U.S. patent application 20190137190 (applicant Board of Regents, University of Texas System, Austin, Texas):
“Latent heat storage devices are disclosed, such as latent heat storage devices comprising a phase change material encapsulated in sufficiently conductive tubes, wherein the tubes are arrayed in a hexagonal-packed pattern. The devices herein can be used, for example, in residential and/or commercial HVAC systems.”
For our full list of recent academic research, see puretemp.com/academic. Here are highlights from the past week:From Advanced Materials Interfaces:
• Doubly Coated, Organic–Inorganic Paraffin Phase Change Materials: Zinc Oxide Coating of Hermetically Encapsulated Paraffins
From Applied Energy:
• Efficiency analysis and experimental validation of the ocean thermal energy conversion with phase change material for underwater vehicle
• A numerical and experimental analysis of an integrated TEG-PCM power enhancement system for photovoltaic cells
• Molten salt selection methodology for medium temperature liquid air energy storage application
From Applied Energy Materials:
• Graphene-Oxide Aerogel Beads Filled with Phase Change Material for Latent Heat Storage and Release
From Journal of Wuhan University of Technology:
• Effect of Modified Vermiculite on the Interface of a Capric Acid-expanded Vermiculite Composite Phase Change Material with Phase Transition Kinetics
From Journal of Molecular Liquids:
• Numerical simulation of the melting process of nanostructured based colloidal suspensions phase change materials including the effect of the transport of the particles
From Fibers and Polymers:
• Encapsulated Phase Change Material Embedded by Graphene Powders for Smart and Flexible Thermal Response
From Applied Thermal Engineering:
• Influence of orientation on thermal performance of shell and tube latent heat storage unit
From Journal of Energy Storage:
• Development and validation of the numerical model of an innovative PCM based thermal storage system
From 2nd International Conference on Power, Energy and Environment:
• Feasibility Study of the Application of a Latent Heat Storage in a Solar Dryer for Drying Green Chili
From Solar Energy:
• Tetradecyl oxalate and octadecyl oxalate as novel phase change materials for thermal energy storage
• An analytical and comparative study of the charging and discharging processes in a latent heat thermal storage tank for solar water heater system
• Effect of alkaline pH on formation of lauric acid/SiO2 nanocapsules via sol-gel process for solar energy storage
From Journal of Applied Polymer Science:
• Preparation and characterization of paraffin microcapsules for energy‐saving applications
• Flexible heatsink based on a phase-change material for a wearable thermoelectric generator
From Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology:
• Superior Form-Stable Phase Change Material Made with Graphene-Connected Carbon Nanofibers and Fatty Acid Eutectics
From Construction and Building Materials:
• Thermal and rheological characterization of bitumen modified with microencapsulated phase change materials
From Thermochimica Acta:
• Development of spherical α-Al2O3-based composite phase change materials (PCMs) and its utilization in thermal storage building materials
From Journal of Power Sources:
• Thermophysical properties of trimethylolethane (TME) hydrate as phase change material for cooling lithium-ion battery in electric vehicle
From Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells:
• Applications of cascaded phase change materials in solar water collector storage tanks: A review
• Thermal conductivity enhancement of hydrated salt phase change materials employing copper foam as the supporting material
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