Special Issue "A Themed Issue Dedicated to Professor Luisa F. Cabeza"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "E: Thermal Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.

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Prof. Dr. Mohammed Mehdi Farid
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Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
Interests: energy storage; food processing; biofuel
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Prof. Dr. Gennady Ziskind
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 14-8400637, Israel
Interests: heat transfer; two-phase systems; mechanics of aerosols; adhesion of solids
Dr. Emiliano Borri
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GREiA Research Group, Universitat de Lleida, Pere de Cabrera s/n, 25001 Lleida, Spain
Interests: energy storage; thermal energy storage; energy efficiency; cooling and heat transfer
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Dr. Gabriel Zsembinszki
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GREiA Research Group, Universitat de Lleida, 25001 Lleida, Spain
Interests: thermal energy storge; heat transfer; energy efficiency; refrigeration; numerical simulations
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Energies is dedicated to Professor Luisa F. Cabeza (born on May 27, 1967, Barcelona, Spain), full professor since 2006 at the University of Lleida, Spain. She graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree in 1992 and Industrial Engineering in 1993 from the Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona, Spain). She has received an MBA degree in 1995 and PhD degree in 1996 from the same university. After a post-doctorate appointment at the USDA-ARS-ERRC lab in Philadelphia, USA, she joined University of Lleida in 1999, where she has been the head of GREiA research group. She has devoted the last 22 years in developing new materials and systems for thermal energy storage (TES) in different applications. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Storage Program of the International Energy Agency (ECES IA—IEA) and she has contributed to the SREEN, Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) reports of the IPCC. At present, she is Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the Buildings chapter of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) preparation of the IPCC. Prof. Luisa F. Cabeza has been the Spanish expert in the Challenge 3—Energy of the H2020 programme from 2014 to 2020. She has authored more than 450 peer-reviewed research papers, edited more than 10 books, and participated in a number of international conferences, including a number of invited keynote talks. She is a member of the editorial board of relevant peer-reviewed journals in the field of energy systems and has been acting as an external reviewer for more than 15 years. During her career, she was the inventor behind seven patents on TES out-licensed to national and international industrial partners and actually commercialized.  Prof. Luisa F. Cabeza has coordinated or led eight national projects on TES, and four EU projects, and she has participated as partner in other eight EU projects.

We plan to organize a Special Issue honoring Prof. Luisa F. Cabeza’s distinguished scientific career over the past 25 years. This Special Issue will consist of communications, original research articles, and review articles covering different aspects related to all TES technologies, including but not limited to:

  • Advanced TES materials;
  • Novel TES systems and applications;
  • Passive and active TES integrated into buildings;
  • Integration of TES into smart energy systems and distributed generation;
  • Improvement of energy demand flexibility through TES;
  • Economic and techno-economic analysis of TES systems;
  • Environmental analysis and impact assessment of TES.

Prof. Dr. Mohammed Mehdi Farid
Prof. Dr. Gennady Ziskind
Dr. Emiliano Borri
Dr. Gabriel Zsembinszki
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  • Thermal energy storage
  • Energy systems
  • Energy efficiency
  • Economic analysis
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Environmental impact.

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A Rapid Method for Low Temperature Microencapsulation of Phase Change Materials (PCMs) Using a Coiled Tube Ultraviolet Reactor
Energies 2021, 14(23), 7867; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/en14237867 (registering DOI) - 24 Nov 2021
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Microencapsulation of phase change materials (PCMs) remain a suitable option within building materials, as they contribute to the thermal mass and provide an energy buffer, an added benefit. This paper presents a novel method for the rapid fabrication of microencapsulated phase change materials [...] Read more.
Microencapsulation of phase change materials (PCMs) remain a suitable option within building materials, as they contribute to the thermal mass and provide an energy buffer, an added benefit. This paper presents a novel method for the rapid fabrication of microencapsulated phase change materials (PCMs) at ambient conditions in a perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) coiled tube ultraviolet (UV) reactor. The objective of this study was to optimize key parameters such as the product yield and quality of the as-prepared microcapsules. Rubitherm® RT-21™ PCM was microencapsulated within shells of poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) through a suspension emulsion polymerization approach, where the crosslinking of polymers was driven by UV radiations with an appropriate photoinitiator. The characteristics of the resulting PCM microcapsules were found to be affected by the volumetric flow rate of the emulsion inside the coiled tube reactor. Higher volumetric flow rates led to higher PCM contents and higher microencapsulation efficiency, resulting in an average particle size of 6.5 µm. Furthermore, the effect of curing time on the PCM microcapsule properties was investigated. The optimum encapsulation yield, conversion, efficiency and PCM content were observed after 10 min of polymerization time. The thermal analysis indicated that the developed process had an efficiency of 85.8%, and the capsules were characterized with excellent thermal properties. Compared to the conventional thermal microencapsulation processes, the use of a coiled tube UV reactor with an appropriate photoinitiator enables the encapsulation of heat-sensitive PCMs at ambient conditions, and reduces the microencapsulation time dramatically. As a result, this novel microencapsulation approach can lead to a wider scope of PCM encapsulation and enable rapid, continuous and potentially large-scale industrial production of PCM microcapsules with low energy consumption. Full article
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