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Thermal Energy Storage using Salt Hydrates
If thermal enegy is available e.g. solar heat and/or industrial waste heat, but no demand at the same time, that heat cannot be used. Efficient heat storage systems overcome that weakness, because heat supply/source and heat demand/sink become disconnected in time. Available heat will charge a storage while heat demand at a later point in time will be satisfied by the heat stored. Such thermal energy storage systems can play an important role in reducing the primary energy consumption and related GHG emissions. This collaborative project aims on research, development and innovation on phase change materials (PCM) for energy storage. Using PCMs thermal energy is stored as a combination of sensible and latent heat. Latent heat absorbed or released during the phase change between solid and liquid provides a capability to store a large amount of heat.