Testing of PCM Heat Storage Modules with Solar Collectors as Heat Source

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Abstract

A latent heat storage based on the phase change material Sodium Acetate Trihydrate (SAT) has been tested as part of a demonstration system. The full heat storage consisted of 4 individual modules each containing about 200 kg of sodium acetate trihydrate with different additives. The aim was to actively utilize the ability of the material to supercool to obtain long storage periods. The modules were charged with solar heat supplied by 22.4 m2 evacuated tubular collectors. The investigation showed that it was possible to fully charge one module within a period of 270 minutes with clear skies. In long periods with high level of irradiance several modules were charged in parallel due to the limited heat exchange capacity of the integrated heat exchanger of the modules. After the modules were heated to more than 80° C they were set to passively cool down. Modules reached 30 °C in a period of parallel cool down without the sodium acetate trihydrate solidified in 3 of the 4 modules. Further tests showed that stable supercooling at ambient temperature is possible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC 2015)
Number of pages7
Volume91
PublisherElsevier
Publication date2016
Pages138-144
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event4th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 2 Dec 20154 Dec 2015
Conference number: 4

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry 2015
Number4
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period02/12/201504/12/2015
SeriesEnergy Procedia
ISSN1876-6102

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Keywords

  • Phase Change Material
  • PCM
  • Seasonal Heat Storage
  • Sodium Acetate Trihydrate
  • Compact Thermal Energy Storage
  • Stable Supercooling

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