Pomianowski, Michal Zbigniew2; Heiselberg, Per1; Zhang, Yinping6
1 Department of Civil Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN2 Division of Architectural Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN3 Indoor Environmental Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN4 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG), Aalborg University, VBN5 Strategic Research Centre on Zero Energy Buildings, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN6 Department of Building Science, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084
Thermal energy storage systems (TES), using phase change material (PCM) in buildings, are widely investigated technologies and a fast developing research area. Therefore, there is a need for regular and consistent reviews of the published studies. This review is focused on PCM technologies developed to serve the building industry. Various PCM technologies tailored for building applications are studied with respect to technological potential to improve indoor environment, increase thermal inertia and decrease energy use for building operation. What is more, in this review special attention is paid to discussion and identification of proper methods to correctly determine the thermal properties of PCM materials and their composites and as well procedures to determine their energy storage and saving potential. The purpose of the paper is to highlight promising technologies for PCM application in buildings with focus on room application and to indicate in which applications the potential is less significant.
Journal review article
Energy and Buildings, 2013, Vol 67, p. 56-69
PCM; Latent heat; Thermal energy storage; Heat transfer; Building envelope