July 3-8, 2016
A Latent Heat thermal energy storage system (LHTESS) is employed as a thermal buffer, since it avoids the intermittent supply of thermal energy due to the behaviour of the thermal source, in particular the renewable thermal source like the solar radiation. Therefore a LHTESS allows supplying the thermal energy in continuous way. The principal material of a LHTESS is the phase change material (PCM) given that it storages a high quantity of thermal energy during its phase change process thanks to the high value of latent heat. Moreover the thermal energy is stored at quasi-constant temperature because during the phase change process the heat is engaged to change phase and not to raise the temperature.
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Bernardo Buonomo, Oronzio Manca, Davide Ercole, and Sergio Nardini, "Numerical simulation of thermal energy storage with phase change material and aluminum foam" in "Sixth International Conference on Porous Media and Its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry", ECI Symposium Series, (2016). http://dc.engconfintl.org/porous_media_vi/11