HVAC Energy Reduction from Passive Thermal Storage Through the Use Phase Change Materials

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March 16, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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90-3122
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Buildings consume more energy than any other sector of the US including the transportation and industry sectors. During 2015 alone, America’s residential and commercial structures used about 40% of the total US energy consumption equating to about 40 quadrillion Btu’s of energy; half of which was consumed for heating and cooling.

Bio-based Phase Change Materials (BioPCMs) offer simple, economic and environmentally friendly solutions that dramatically reduce heating and cooling energy use. BioPCMs are formulated around a fundamental property of nature – the natural tendency of materials to absorb heat when they melt and to release heat when they solidify. BioPCMs have large thermal storage capacity of approximately 100 BTU per pound per transition, and when placed in buildings, they dramatically reduce temperature fluctuation within the building and thereby reduce HVAC demand resulting into energy savings ranging between 20-35%.

The properties, applications and forms of BioPCMs will be discussed in details in this presentation.

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