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Basics & Theory

Ecohome: Phase Change Building Materials in Homes
Ecohome says when a substance melts or solidifies, it absorbs or releases energy. Materials that do that at room temperature can help regulate temperatures in homes.

Energy Vanguard: Phase Changes & Building Science
Energy Vanguard explains phase changes, those transitions among solid, liquid, and gas that substances undergo.

GBA: Storing Heat In Walls With Phase-Change Materials
Green Building Advisor describes a phase-change wallboard, ThermalCORE, from National Gypsum.

IEA: Thermal Storage Technology Issues and Opportunities
International Energy Agency online slide show gives an overview of thermal storage technology issues and opportunities. (PDF)

Rutgers Univ: Fact Sheet On Thermal Energy Storage
Rutgers University factsheet on Thermal Energy Storage covers description, applications, performance & costs, and links to more information. (PDF)
Industry Information

IEA: The Role of Energy Storage in Future Energy Systems
International Energy Agency provides an executive summary of the workshop - The Role of Energy Storage in Future Energy Systems - held September 30 - October 2, 2009, in Bad Tolz, Germany. (PDF)
Issues & Performance

ORNL: Potential Energy Savings Of Phase Change Material In Wall Assembly
Oak Ridge National Laboratory report Potential Energy Savings Of Phase Change Material In Wall Assembly describes the study that examined one particular wall design, and determined the maximum technical potential for PCM energy savings for two locations. (PDF)
Procedures

ARA: Using Phase Change Materials To Reduce Energy Consumption
Applied Research Associates describes considerations for using phase change materials to reduce energy consumption in buildings. (PDF)

Building Science: Phase Change Wallboard For Distributed Thermal Storage
Building Scence tested a prototype phase-change material (PCM) wallboard to enhance thermal energy storage capacity of buildings with particular interest in peak load shifting. It was determined that small-scale differential scanning calorimetry can adequately predict (within 9%) the performance of PCM wallboard when installed in full-scale applications. (PDF)
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