'Enhanced thermal storage capacity of water storage cylinders with phase change materials' in proceeding of CIB 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference, 27 - 29 September, Tokyo, Japan (on CD)
My research expertise in latent heat thermal storage using phase change materials (PCM) has led to the invitation to participate in the EU Framework 5 funded project to develop a low energy endothermic heating and cooling system for domestic buildings (Endohouse). The Endohouse can be used all year round and in different countries in the EU regions. The distinct characteristic of this endothermic system is the heat exchange by the metallic roof cover and the use phase change thermal store for the storage of thermal energy. This technology can help to maximise the use of renewable energy, reduce the peak energy demand from buildings with the potential of significant saving on fossil fuel consumption.
My research involved the selection of PCM, the proposal of a suitable system configuration, theoretical and computer modelling, the experimental measurements and system optimisation. In the early stage of the research I have developed the computer simulation model for the thermal analysis which was applied to the design of the experimental setup and measurements of the prototype system. The outcomes from the experiment enable the validation of theoretical models and optimisation of system design.
This research has enhanced my expertise and the knowledge base of CSBE on the wider applications of PCMs from underfloor space heating and wallcovering to hot and chilled water storage. PCM as an effective means of thermal storage is a developing technology and products are beginning to emerge in the market. My expertise in this field will contribute towards wider applications of this sustainable low carbon technology.