Heat storage systems
White, Mary Anne Department of Chemistry, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Last reviewed:June 2020
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Systems that buffer temperature changes and reclaim energy that would otherwise be lost to the surrounding environment. Reclaiming energy increases the efficiency of systems in both industrial applications and smaller-scale applications such as household use of solar energy (Fig. 1). In addition, heat storage materials and systems can be used in applications where the temperature needs to be kept within a certain range, such as prevention of damage to biological materials or electronic devices. The most important temperature range for heat storage materials for both industrial and consumer use is 0–100°C (32–212°F); that is, between the freezing and boiling points of water, respectively. See also: Temperature; Water
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