Smart Thermal Batteries for Green Energy Management
PCM or Smart Thermal battery?
We live in a world of energy but capturing and storing energy is difficult. A Phase change material (PCM) is an ideal solution for use in any application where temperature regulation is needed, or where storage and release of thermal energy is desired.
A PCM acts like a Smart battery for heat energy because it absorbs heat energy as it melts and can be “recharged” by cooling, until it crystallises and gives the stored energy back to the environment.
In other words PCMs are latent heat storage units, substances that absorb the surplus heat during melting and release the stored thermal energy (heat) during freezing.
Our ProPCMs can store and release heat energy thousands of times without change in thermal properties.
That’s why we simply call ProPCM the Smart Thermal Battery!
How does a PCM function?
A PCM absorbs and releases thermal energy at a specific, defined temperature, regulating the surrounding environment.
Here is the cycle; let’s start from solid state of ProPCM:
–Solid PCM: As the temperature of the surroundings starts to increase the PCM begins to melt.
–Transit from Solid to Liquid: When melting, the PCM stores energy as latent heat until it is completely molten.
–Liquid PCM: When surrounding temperatures begin to fall, the PCM starts to solidify and recrystallise.
–Transit from Liquid to Solid: As the PCM begins to solidify, the stored latent heat is released until all stored energy is released.
-And with ProPCM, the cycle starts over and over, flawlessly!
Here is the simplest example of this mechanism anyone comes across daily: Ice to Water
Applications of ProPCM
The beneficial properties of PCMs have their use in many ways. A PCM can absorb heat at a certain period, while it can release the heat at a later period or in a different location. PCM is one of the most effective components in offering insulation or thermal barriers. Have a look at some of the critical sectors where PCM has its application.
- Saves energy
- Keeps the temperature change under control
- Evens temperature fluctuations
- Provides predictable and large thermal energy storage
- Economical & environmentally friendly
- Provides specific secure solutions for different application areas