PCMs in Separate Heat Storage Modules

  • Benjamin DurakovićEmail author
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


This chapter provides a general classification of PCM-based heat storage modules as heat storage in solar collectors, heat bank, and interior air heaters and further discussion of recent results. It offers a review of solar collectors enhanced with PCMs and explains the working principles, PCM integration possibilities, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of specific solar collectors with PCMs. The flat plate solar collectors with PCMs collect solar energy and deliver hot water into industrial and domestic spaces at low cost and relatively easy manufacturing while achieving satisfactory improvements in thermal conditions. Unlike solar collectors, evacuated tube collectors with PCM did not have breakthrough studies. This can be due to their complexity, although the vacuum insulation and surface coating result in a lower heat loss compared to a flat plate collector. The research revealed the various design techniques that were applied to improve thermal efficiency of heat collectors, heat banks, and interior heat exchangers. That includes PCM encapsulation, thermal conductivity enhancement techniques, as well as various integration techniques within building environment with the latest research results that are introduced and discussed. All this is organized into one unit and adapted to users, researchers, students, and academic staff as well as those professionals who deal with the building physics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Natural SciencesInternational University of SarajevoSarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

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