ORNL Releases New Phase Change Materials Report

August 24, 2012

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has released a new report titled Potential Energy Savings Due to Phase Change Material in a Building Wall Assembly: An Examination of Two Climates. The two climates investigated in the report include Phoenix, Arizona and Baltimore, MD, with two utility rate schedules.

The report focused on the concept that phase change materials (PCM) within an external wall may reduce the net energy transport through the wall via interactions with diurnal temperature swings in the external environment or reduce the electricity needed to meet the net load through the wall by shifting the time of the peak load to a time when the cooling system operates more efficiently. To learn more about this report, please visit the Department of Energy's (DOE) Information Bridge on DOE Scientific and Technical Information.