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Latent heat storage in building elements: a systematic review on properties and contextual performance factors

Mavrigiannaki, Angeliki and Ampatzi, Eleni 2016. Latent heat storage in building elements: a systematic review on properties and contextual performance factors. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 60 , pp. 852-866. 10.1016/j.rser.2016.01.115

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A systematic review of latent heat storage in building elements was conducted to establish the current knowledge base and reveal key design and performance factors that could be used to define technologies available for immediate implementation and for specific applications. All relevant literature published by April 2014 was critically evaluated and a data extraction procedure was used to organise, analyse and report design and performance parameters of Phase Change Material (PCM) elements. The review of a total of 120 papers revealed that published information on these aspects is diverse and in many cases insufficient. The diversity of test conditions and variety of reported values indicate that physical properties and performance data concerning materials and complete PCM elements are not directly comparable. Therefore matching technologies and applications for specific climates and building typologies is not possible solely through published information. However evidence was collected which shows that, with appropriate design, PCM elements can contribute to reducing loads and achieving energy savings in buildings, while securing a comfortable indoor environment. Key design factors to this end were found to be the climate and target season, the design of appropriate controls for active and passive systems used in combination with the PCM elements and cost-related factors. The review also mapped the research foci to date, revealing the range of variations previously examined and potential research gaps worth pursuing in the future.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Uncontrolled Keywords: latent heat storage; PCM; building element; PCM boards; PCM panels
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1364-0321
Funders: Bodossaki Foundation.
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 20 January 2016
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 15:45

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