PCM Applications - Solar Cooling, Heating & Heat Recovery
Commercial & Industrial Heating & Cooling Applications
PlusICE solutions enable designers around the world to apply the PCM technology, stabilising heat loads and matching heat load and time balance for an economical and reliable operation. Loads whether in domestic applications or in industrial applications such as dairies, breweries and food factories can be simply balanced by PCM TES systems to suit the operating temperatures of the system to cut any waste energy.
By bridging the gap between energy avaliability and energy use a carefully balance TES enables designers to avoid any waste energy as well as aim for free energy like solar or cold night energy storage options.
Solar Free Heating with Under Floor TES
The time lag between energy availability and consumption between the midday sun and hot water heating requirements is bridged by PCM TES which offers economic and efficient installation. By simply using conventional vacuum solar collector one can produce warm water 30~350C (86~950F) which is more than enough to melt the 27~320C (80~900F) PCM based TES containers as part of the underfloor heating. In returned, this stored thermal energy acts as a radiant heating all night to keep the space warm until the sun comes up. Hence, one may be able to achieve a 100% energy free heating in moderate climate location or at least reduce the heating demand significantly in colder climate locations. If required a small heat pump can complement the design as a top up unit.
Solar House Project USA- Free Cooling & Heating
Built for the Solar Decathlon competition, the Solar House provides comfort cooling by simply storing cold night energy and heating by storing daytime solar energy, negating the need for any energy input. Solar House (860Kb). Part of the US solar decathlon competition designed to be self sufficent housing demostration installation using PCM to store heat (during day time for night use) and cold (during night for day use).
Commonwealth Games Village Australia Hot Water TES
Utilising Solar TES. During the period of the Games, the requirements for additional hot water in order to cover the excessive occupancy level were increased dramatically. Commonwealth Games Solar TES (625Kb)
Tri-SLATE Solar PV, Heating & Cooling Integration
TRISLATE is a prototype for the next generation of solar collector. It provides heating, cooling and electricity in a coherent building fabric. The thermal function is up to 3 times cheaper than the installed solar water panels per kW/ therm. For further details please contact our sales team.
Utilising Solar TES. During the period of the Games, the requirements for additional hot water in order to cover the excessive occupancy level were increased dramatically.TRI-GEN (100Kb). Using PCM energy storage for HOT and COLD sides of a CHP / Co-Generation systems enable designer to reduce the size of the machinery and achieve the most economical installation and shorter pay back
DOHA Stadium Solar Air Conditioning Application for FIFA 2022 World Cup Bid - Off-grid Solar A/C
The winning big for the FIFA 2022 World Cup by QATAR is based on a zero carbon cooling design using solar driven air conditioning coupled with PlusICE PCM energy storage tanks. DOHA 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium Solar A/C System (1.6MB)
It is possible to convert the solar energy into either heat or electricity source to drive an heat or electric driven cooling machinery.
However, it is vital to bridge the gap between energy avaliability i.e. during day light and energy use i.e. during night-time and by using PCM / Eutectic solutions, one can store the excess energy while is avaliable during day peak periods within the cold space using PCM containers and tahn later utilise this stored energy when sun goes to down to keep the stored product safe. Hence, providing a relaible 24 hours uniterrapted cooling process.
A typical application can be seen in attached Solar Refrigeration Example.
Solar driven mobile cold store based on low carbon solution to reduce food losses and improve the livelihoods of rural farmers and communities in especially developing countries like Sub-Saharan Africa.
It is critical to cool down the harvested food as fast as possible and the sooner the core temperature drops the longer the shelf life of the produce.
Utilising solar energy for food preservation at all stages of the food chain, from farm precooling to storage & distribution is critical to minimize the wastage. Solar driven mobile unit can provide cooling this facility both mobile and static cold storage facility.