PCM Solar Façade for Low Carbon Buildings

A phase change material (PCM) is a material with a large specific latent heat capacity to enable super energy storage and thermal management. Incorporating a PCM into a building element can increase the energy storage density of the material by a factor of 10. Although first generation PCMs show promise, further development is required to overcome barriers to their widespread implementation, notably issues of low thermal conductivity, low cost effectiveness, flammability, sourcing from non-sustainable feedstock and recyclability. The proposed project will develop second generation sustainable and safe PCMs implemented in cost-effective systems that meet the comfort requirements of end users in buildings.