ES has joined as “Partner Organisation” with both Monash University & Deakin University and has been awarded a grant under a Linkage Project by the Australian Research Council with the objectives of
- Developing new phase change materials by advancing the technology of thermal energy storage for the intermediate temperature range (100-200°C) needed for storage of renewable energy harvested from solar and wind.
- Further broadening the scope of useful PCMs with a particular emphasis on material costs.
- Demonstrating the technology in its various modes, including as a means of storing excess electrical energy from renewables, for ultimate dispatch as either thermal or electrical supply.
- Developing detailed techno-economic analyses of the technology operating in its various modes in climatic conditions relevant to major world-wide markets.
The project is well underway and our first Champion PCM is under cycle testing.