Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage (LHTES) devices implement phase-change materials (PCM) to store and release the thermal energy from the latent heat of fusion of a material. PCMs have high energy densities and can be effective at storing a large amount of thermal energy. This is especially useful when used in conjunction with renewable energy sources to balance energy production with demand. One of the disadvantages of PCMs, however, is their poor thermal conductivity, inhibiting the LHTES device’s melting and solidification performance. This numerical study aims to research both active and passive heat transfer methods to improve the melting performance of a PCM, making them more effective when used in thermal energy storage.
|Title of host publication
|17th UK Heat Transfer Conference (UKHTC2021)
|Published - 4 Apr 2022