Latent heat storage for solar heating and cooling systems

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This chapter discusses the aspects that should be considered when selecting the latent heat storage for a specific solar heating and cooling application. It positions latent heat storage in relation to solar heating and cooling systems helping determine the storage size and the temperature level. It quantifies temperature losses and indicates how the major sources of irreversibilities can be quantified. It shows how the savings related to energetic performance can be determined. It distinguishes between stationary phase change materials (PCMs) and pumpable slurries of PCMs, and it illustrates the advantages of pumpable PCM slurries. Finally, a method is proposed to estimate the performance of different storage/heat exchanger concepts and a procedure for the selection of a latent heat storage type is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Solar Heating and Cooling
EditorsR.Z. Wang , T.S. Ge
ISBN (Print)978-0-08-100301-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Energy


  • Latent heat storage
  • PCM
  • PCM slurry
  • Phase change material
  • Solar cooling
  • Solar heating
  • Thermal energy storage


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