Task 58
Task 58
SHC Task 58

Material & Components for Thermal Energy Storage

Project (Task) News

Online database on advanced PCMs
Compared to water, phase change materials (PCMs) offer more capacity to store heat in tanks. As a consequence, researchers in all corners of the world have been developing new materials and their properties.
Posted: 2018-10-23

Excellent material for sorption-based solar energy storage
Microporous hydrophilic substances such as zeolites are recognised as promising materials for very efficient energy storage. Solar thermal systems are used to dry the material and store all of the thermal energy inside without losses until water is returned into the structure to release sensible heat.
Posted: 2018-10-10

IEA SHC Task 58: “We will need new and innovate designs for heat and mass exchangers”
Thermochemical materials (TCMs) used in storage tanks show higher heat capacities than water and smaller losses over time. They are crucial to an increase in solar use among consumers and the storage of summer heat for the winter season. However, they are also more complex than their water-based counterparts, which require only heat exchangers.
Posted: 2017-07-18