This group aims (i) to produce new materials of relevance for thermal energy storage applications (such as molten salts, nano-fluids, metal alloys, carbon-activated foams), and (ii) to develop new experimental methods for their thermo-physical, mechanical and compatibility characterization.
The experimental methods will make use of the CIC experimental platforms and facilities. Between them we cite: Thermal Analysis Platform (DSC- differential scanning calorimeter, LFA - laser flash apparatus, DIL - Pushrod dilatometer, STA - simultaneous thermal analysis, QMS - quadrupole mass spectrometer), X-Ray diffraction platform, Electron microscopy platform (High resolution TEM/STEM, SEM, FEG), Surface analysis unit, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Thermal storage testing facility.
The group is active in all the area activities:
Packed-bed thermal storage: material and storage system development
Nano fluids for SHS & LHS Materials for Seasonal Heat Storage
Metal Alloys: material characterization and storage system testing
- Sensible Heat Storage, SHS
- Latent Heat Storage, LHS