Experimental evaluation of commercial heat exchangers for use as PCM thermal storage systems


Medrano M., Yilmaz M. O. , Nogues M., Martorell I., Roca J., Cabeza L. F.

APPLIED ENERGY, vol.86, no.10, pp.2047-2055, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 86 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2009.01.014
  • Title of Journal : APPLIED ENERGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.2047-2055

Abstract

Phase change materials (PCM) possess a great capacity of accumulation of energy in their temperature of fusion thanks to the latent heat. These materials are used in applications where it is necessary to store energy due to the temporary phase shift between the offer and demand of thermal energy. Thus, possible applications are the solar systems as well as the recovery of residual heat for its posterior use in other processes. In spite of this great potential, the practical feasibility of latent heat storage with PCM is still limited, mainly due to a rather low thermal conductivity. This low conductivity implies small heat transfer coefficients and, consequently, thermal cycles are slow and not suitable for most of the potential applications.