• Turning Up the Heat: Thermal Energy Storage Could Play Major Role in Decarbonizing Buildings

    16 days ago - By News Center

    Berkeley Lab researchers have reported a breakthrough in phase-change materials, which will improve the affordability of thermal energy storage. Phase-change materials can be added inside walls and automatically keep a building cool or warm depending on the ambient temperature.
    Could a tank of ice or hot water be a battery? Yes! If a battery is a device for storing energy, then storing hot or cold water to power a building's heating or air-conditioning system is a different type of energy storage. Known as thermal energy storage, the technology has been around for a long time but has...
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