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Materials for Thermal Energy Storage-Volume II

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 March 2021) | Viewed by 3029

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Interests: development and characterization of materials and components for thermal energy storage and conversion; detailed models of heat and mass transfer in porous media; development of renewable heating and cooling solutions
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Dear Colleagues,

Thermal energy storage (TES) is becoming a key technology for the implementation of renewable energies in buildings and in industry, and also in increasing energy efficiency of our systems. Moreover, TES will clearly contribute in the decrease of CO2 emissions and climate change mitigation. However, TES systems need a good material selection. Moreover, available materials for TES applications need to be improved and enhanced. This Special Issue aims at gathering the best papers on development, improvement and enhancement of materials for TES. Materials for sensible, latent, sorption and chemical TES will be compiled.

Prof. Dr. Luisa F. Cabeza
Dr. Andrea Frazzica
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Performances Assessment of Tricalcium Aluminate as an Innovative Material for Thermal Energy Storage Applications
by Fabrizio Alvaro, Elpida Piperopoulos, Luigi Calabrese, Emanuele La Mazza, Maurizio Lanza and Candida Milone
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(4), 1958; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11041958 - 23 Feb 2021
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In this paper, tricalcium aluminate hexahydrate (Ca3Al2O6·6H2O), thanks to its appropriate features, was assessed as an innovative, low-cost and nontoxic material for thermochemical energy storage applications. The high dehydration heat and the occurring temperature (200–300 [...] Read more.
In this paper, tricalcium aluminate hexahydrate (Ca3Al2O6·6H2O), thanks to its appropriate features, was assessed as an innovative, low-cost and nontoxic material for thermochemical energy storage applications. The high dehydration heat and the occurring temperature (200–300 °C) suggest that this material could be more effective than conventional thermochemical storage materials operating at medium temperature. For these reasons, in the present paper, Ca3Al2O6·6H2O hydration/dehydration performances, at varying synthesis procedures, were assessed. Experimentally, a co-precipitation and a solid–solid synthesis were studied in order to develop a preparation method that better provides a performing material for this specific application field. Thermal analysis (TGA, DSC) and structural characterization (XRD) were performed to evaluate the thermochemical behavior at medium temperature of the prepared materials. Furthermore, reversibility of the dehydration process and chemical stability of the obtained materials were investigated through cycling dehydration/hydration tests. The promising results, in terms of de/hydration performance and storage density (≈200 MJ/m3), confirm the potential effectiveness of this material for thermochemical energy storage applications and encourage further developments on this topic. Full article
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