Inorganic PCMs applications in passive cooling of buildings: A review

Hafiz Muhammad Adeel Hassan*, Ivar Lund

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Buildings consume around 40% of total world energy and are responsible for 30-35% greenhouse gas emissions globally. Latent heat thermal energy storage is one of the most promising techniques being investigated currently to reduce the thermal load of buildings. Different types of phase change materials (PCMs) i.e. organic, inorganic and eutectics with different thermophysical properties have been investigated for passive cooling of buildings showing great potential for saving energy. Due to their higher thermal conductivity and high heat storage capacity per unit volume, inorganic phase change materials take advantage over organic ones. They can be used as stand-alone heat storage systems for free cooling, embedded in building walls, windows, roofs and ceilings etc. Studies have shown that there are some drawbacks of inorganic PCMs as well like corrosion of container material, phase separation and supercooling which require solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012103
Book seriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series (Online)
Issue number1
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 8. Dec 2021
Event8th European Thermal Sciences Conference, (EUROTHERM 2021): Virtual -
Duration: 20. Sept 202122. Sept 2021


Conference8th European Thermal Sciences Conference, (EUROTHERM 2021)


  • PCM
  • Passive cooling


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