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New Phase Change Materials Data Have Been Reported by Researchers at Virginia Tech

February 21, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Research findings on Phase Change Materials are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting from Blacksburg, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Concentrating solar power plants (CSPs) are being explored as the leading source of renewable energy for future power generation. Storing sun's energy in the form of latent thermal energy of a phase change material (PCM) is desirable for use on demand including times when solar energy is unavailable."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Virginia Tech, "Considering a latent thermal energy storage (LTES) system incorporating heat pipes to enhance heat transfer between the heat transfer fluid (HTF) and the PCM, this paper explores the dynamic response of the LTES system subjected to repeated cycles of charging and discharging. A transient computational analysis of a shell-and-tube LTES embedded with two horizontal heat pipes is performed for repeated charging and discharging of the PCM to analyze the dynamic performance of the LTES, and the augmentation in the cyclic performance of the LTES embedded with heat pipes is investigated."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "A model low temperature phase change material system is considered in the present study, with the physical results being scalable to high temperature systems used in CSP plants."

For more information on this research see: Computational Modeling of Dynamic Response of a Latent Thermal Energy Storage System With Embedded Heat Pipes. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering-Transactions of the Asme, 2014;136(1):144-152. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering-Transactions of the Asme can be contacted at: Asme, Two Park Ave, New York, NY 10016-5990, USA.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Nithyanandam, Virginia Technical, Dept. of Mech Engn, Adv Mat & Technol Lab, Blacksburg, VA 24061, United States.

Keywords for this news article include: Virginia, Blacksburg, United States, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America

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