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Heat and cold storage with PCM

An up to date introduction into basics and applications

  • Gives an introduction into the basics and the applications of the PCM technology

  • Orientated towards engineers and scientists who act as well as beginners or as experts in the field and who want to get a general overview

  • Intended to fill this gap for researchers, graduate, and PhD students, mainly within science and engineering


Part of the Heat and Mass Transfer book series (HMT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 1-10
  3. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 11-55
  4. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 57-104
  5. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 105-136
  6. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 137-179
  7. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 181-189
  8. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 191-203
  9. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 205-215
  10. Harald Mehling, Luisa F. Cabeza
    Pages 217-295
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 297-308

About this book


Latent heat storage with phase change materials (PCM) has the potential to improve significantly the efficiency of heat and cold storages and to reduce their size considerably. The book is an introduction into the field for researchers and students. It summarizes and explains the basics, general concepts, and applications with examples in a single text. For a better understanding, many derivations, graphs and tables are included. All aspects from materials analysis and modification, storage design, storage integration, and different application examples are covered. Special focus is on applications in buildings.


Heat storage Heat transfer basics PCM applications cooling design energy storage heat transfer latent heat materials phase change thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bayerisches Zentrum für Angewandte Energieforschung e.V. (ZAE Bayern) Abt. Energieumwandlung undSpeicherungGermany
  2. 2.Departament d’InformàticaUniversitat de Lleidai Enginyeria Industrial c/ Jaume II 69Spain

About the authors

Dr. Harald Mehling, born: 03.08.1966

Education: M.A. (SUNY Buffalo, USA), 1992; Diploma Physics, University of Würzburg (Germany), 1995; Ph.D., University of Würzburg (Germany), 1998

Since 1995 working at the Bavarian Center for applied Energy Research, since 1998 Group leader "Latent heat storage"

Coordinator of the BMWA funded strategic project "Innovative PCM-technology" (budget about 6 Mio €, 1999-2004)

Organizer of two workshops on latent heat storage

Author or co-author of about 50 publications, with more than 20 reviewed

Books contributions (4 chapters): Thermal energy storage for sustainable energy consumption – fundamentals, case studies and design; NATO Science series II. Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry – Vol. 234, Springer, 2007, ISBN 978–1–4020–5289–7 Editor: H.Ö.Paksoy

Luisa F. Cabeza is Professor on Thermal Engineering at the University of Lleida (Lleida, Spain). She graduated on Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering in 1992 at University Ramon Llull (Barcelona, Spain), in 1995 she got an MBA and in 1996 her PhD on Industrial Engineering at the same university. From 1996 to 1998 she worked at the Eastern Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture (Philadelphia, USA). In 1999 she joined the University of Lleida as Assistant Professor, and she became Full Professor in 2006. She lead the Research Group on Applied Energy at the same university, today a research group with 25 researchers, recognised by several Spanish Agencies for its work.

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