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This book covers emerging energy storage technologies and material characterization methods along with various systems and applications in building, power generation systems and thermal management. The authors present options available for reducing the net energy consumption for heating/cooling, improving the thermal properties of the phase change materials and optimization methods for heat storage embedded multi-generation systems. An in-depth discussion on the natural convection-driven phase change is included. The book also discusses main energy storage options for thermal management practices in photovoltaics and phase change material applications that aim passive thermal control.

This book will appeal to researchers and professionals in the fields of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, renewable energy, and thermodynamics. It can also be used as an ancillary text in upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate courses in these fields.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Fundamental Aspects of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

The current chapter presents a comprehensive introductory material to provide the readers with the fundamental and basic concepts and details of thermodynamics and heat transfer. The balance equations for energy, mass, entropy, and exergy are developed for various types of closed and open systems. The key modes of conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer mechanisms are also introduced in brief and discussed for various energy storage applications. Furthermore, the chapter includes eight worked examples that are related with the applications of heat storage systems.
Ibrahim Dincer, Mehmet Akif Ezan

Chapter 2. Energy Storage Methods

This chapter specifically dwells on energy storage methods and hence provides the basic aspects of the chemical, electrochemical, electrical, mechanical, and thermal energy storage techniques. Various illustrative examples are presented to highlight the importance of these methods and their deployment in various applications.
Ibrahim Dincer, Mehmet Akif Ezan

Chapter 3. Thermal Energy Storage Methods

This chapter is presented to cover the basic aspects and key details of thermal energy storage (TES) methods at low to high temperatures. The chapter specifically covers some important TES techniques, including sensible, latent, and thermochemical methods. There are various examples and case studies presented to illustrate each of these significant methods for applications.
Ibrahim Dincer, Mehmet Akif Ezan

Chapter 4. Thermal Energy Storage Applications

In this particular chapter, we deal with a wide range of thermal energy storage (TES) applications from residential sector to power generation plants. Some practical applications of sensible heat and latent heat TES systems into heating and cooling systems are presented. The chapter also includes a brief discussion on the phase change materials (PCM) and its applications in thermal management such as buildings, photovoltaics, and thermoelectric generators.
Ibrahim Dincer, Mehmet Akif Ezan

Chapter 5. System Modeling and Analysis

In this chapter we deal with the analysis and modeling of thermal energy storage systems and applications and present the step-by-step illustrative examples for sensible and latent heat storage systems in particular from both energetic and exergetic points of view. In addition, this chapter covers the fundamentals of heat transfer analysis of latent heat storage tanks and fundamentals of CFD approach.
Ibrahim Dincer, Mehmet Akif Ezan

Chapter 6. System Optimization

In this chapter, we present an important topic, so-called: optimization, for various TES systems and applications. The basic details and concepts of optimization, along with objective functions and constraints, are discussed, and the necessary details are provided for the researchers and engineers.
Ibrahim Dincer, Mehmet Akif Ezan

Chapter 7. System Characterization and Case Studies

In this chapter, we deal with two important subjects for TES systems and applications, namely system characterization and case studies. In the system characterization, we focus on storage materials and their roles in specific applications while the focus is placed on various selected applications, under case studies, from numerous sectors at various capacities, ranging from micro- to large-scale applications.
Ibrahim Dincer, Mehmet Akif Ezan
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