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Insulation and Energy Storage Utilizing Phase Change Materials in Heating/Cooling Cycles

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In order to meet future energy requirements for transportation in standard vehicles and in low Earth orbit applications, the researcher of this project purposes to develop an improved thermal energy storage (TES) solar panel. The investigators` objectives are to manufacture a composite of eicosane wax, Halloysite clay nanotubules and graphite (or possibly carbon nanotubules), in various proportions and evaluate each mixture in delivering the efficiency and stability required to obtain proper panel function.  By creating a novel insulated layer in TES panels, the units could exhibit greater efficiency and reduced thermal energy retention. In addition to these properties, the mixture could be easy to apply, possess enhanced stability and be available at a lower cost in comparison to other insulated panels. 


Principal Investigator:  Lvov, Yuri  --  Chemistry
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Funding Agencies:  NASA/LaSPACE/LSU
Amount Awarded:  6,000

Start Period:  01/13/2013 End Period:  08/12/2014
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