Improving the performance and potential applications of PCM storage for flexible demand in the HVAC-R industry

Purpose of project

Heating Ventilation Air-conditioning Cooling and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) uses over 22% of Australia’s electricity, and is a key contributor to peak electricity demand. Using thermal energy storage to improve flexibility of HVAC-R can help reduce the network peak.  However, existing thermal energy storage systems involve complex processes that add to the system costs and limit suitable industrial applications. This project seeks to remove a step in the process to make this technology economic for more businesses.

Outcomes

This project will help increase the network hosting capacity for renewable energy and reduce electricity costs for all customers.

Project partners – industry and research

Industry Partners: Glaciem and A2EP

Research Partners: UniSA and RMIT

Completion date

Estimated October 2021