The Times Reporting on PCM
Energy from change
The Times Journalist, Jim McClelland, reports on our PCM wall and ceiling products as being one of the top five promising technologies to combat climate change.
He reported: “Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are capable of transforming from solid to liquid and vice versa, which allows them to absorb or release large amounts of latent heat at relatively constant temperatures. While PCMs have been around for more than 50 years, only in the last decade have they been micro-encapsulated and incorporated into building products, such as commercial ceiling tiles and wall panels.
On installation, total energy demand for mechanical heating and cooling can be reduced by up to 60 per cent
On installation, total energy demand for mechanical heating and cooling from existing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can be reduced by up to 60 per cent. PCMs are compatible with renewable generation and can help to flatten both high and low-temperature energy-usage peaks.
“Mike Berry explains: “We are working on solar-thermal systems which require zero energy and provide dual benefits. They utilise hot water through a radiant ceiling system for free heating during winter months and also deliver radiant cooling during summer periods.”