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Title: Phase change materials (PCMs) integrated into transparent building elements: A review
Authors: Fokaides, Paris A. 
Kylili, Angeliki 
Kalogirou, Soteris A. 
Keywords: Building elements;Phase change materials (PCMs);Transparent
Category: Environmental Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2015
Publisher: SpringerOpen
Source: Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 2015, Volume 4, Issue 2, Article number 6
metadata.dc.doi: 10.1007/s40243-015-0047-8
Abstract: Phase change materials (PCMs) represent an innovative solution that can contribute to the improvement of the energy performance of buildings. Recently a trend towards integrating PCMs into transparent envelope components is observed. This study aims to present the main solutions proposed in the literature for applications in the past few years for PCMs integrated into transparent buildings elements. The temporal development of this application as well as the fundamental principles of its operation is described in detail. The concept of the existing transparent PCM systems is presented, and the rationale of selecting appropriate materials is discussed. This is followed by the current practices in testing the thermal performance of transparent PCMs. The future trends in terms of the current barriers and the potential improvements are discussed. To this end the future technologies of transparent PCMs are also considered.
ISSN: 21941459
Rights: © 2015 The Author(s).
Type: Article
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