The Global Market for Phase Change Materials

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Published September 30 2020, 100 pages, 14 tables, 15 figures

Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are wax-like thermal compounds that change phase at a specifically formulated temperature. A wide range of PCMs have been developed including organic (paraffins and fatty acids), inorganics (salt hydrates and metallic) and eutectic combination of organic and/or inorganic materials. Thermal energy storage using PCMs is an effective way to store thermal energy, and makes them attractive for sustainable, environmentally friendly solutions. PCMs store thermal energy in the form of latent heat and provide maximum energy performance with minimal impact on the environment. 

Latent heat energy storage (LHES) system PCMs are well known for its excellent thermal energy storage and release during melting and solidifications respectively, and are a key solution for the implementation of renewable energies. PCMs can be efficiently deployed in applications where significant temperature difference exists in the system for intermittent thermal energy storage. These systems take advantage of the latent heat of phase change of PCM during their melting/ solidification processes to store or release heat depending on the needs and availability.

PCM products are used to improve whole-building energy efficiency in retail, commercial, hospitality, and industrial applications; enable safe transport of sensitive food and pharmaceutical products; and provide enhanced thermal storage capabilities for industrial and commercial processes, among other applications.​

Markets where PCMs are applied include:

  • buildings for thermal management.
  • cement and pavements.
  • heat pumps.
  • electronic devices.
  • solar power plants.
  • cooling vests and clothing in medical and textiles.
  • thermal management in electric vehicle batteries.
  • thermal batteries.
  • refrigerated packaging and transport.

 

Report contents include:

  • Types of phase change materials, properties, advantages, drawbacks. Types covered include paraffins, non-paraffins, salt and salt composites, metal and metal alloys, biobased, nanomaterials based. 
  • Patent analysis.
  • Markets for phase change materials including aerospace, automotive, building and construction, energy, electronics, medical, food and drink, packaging, shipping, solar thermal systems, textiles and apparel. 
  • Global revenues for phase change materials by type, market and region. 
  • 41 In depth company profiles including types produced, products, target markets, production capabilities, contact details. Companies profiled include Advanced Cooling Technologies, Axiotherm GmbH, Boyd Corporation, HeatVentors, Croda, Encapsys LLC, Hangzhou Ruhr New Material Technology Co., Ltd. and many more. 

 

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1              EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   9

  • 1.1          What are Phase change materials (PCMs)?           9
  • 1.2          Markets               9
  • 1.3          Market drivers  11
  • 1.4          Properties of Phase Change Materials (PCMs)     11
  • 1.5          Phase change materials (PCM) drawbacks             12
  • 1.6          Global revenues, 2019-2030        13
    • 1.6.1      By type 13
    • 1.6.2      By market           14

 

2              INTRODUCTION 16

  • 2.1          Thermal energy storage (TES)     16
    • 2.1.1      Sensible heat storage     16
    • 2.1.2      Latent heat storage         17
  • 2.2          Phase change materials 17
    • 2.2.1      Organic/biobased phase change materials            18
      • 2.2.1.1   Advantages and disadvantages  19
      • 2.2.1.2   Paraffin wax       19
      • 2.2.1.3   Non-Paraffins/Bio-based              20
    • 2.2.2      Inorganic phase change materials             20
      • 2.2.2.1   Salt hydrates      20
      • 2.2.2.2   Metal and metal alloy PCMs (High-temperature) 22
    • 2.2.3      Eutectic mixtures             22
    • 2.2.4      Encapsulation of PCMs  23
      • 2.2.4.1   Macroencapsulation       23
      • 2.2.4.2   Micro/nanoencapsulation            23
    • 2.2.5      Nanomaterial phase change materials     24

 

3              PATENT ANALYSIS            25

 

4              END USER MARKETS FOR PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS      27

  • 4.1          AEROSPACE        27
    • 4.1.1      Coatings               27
    • 4.1.2      Propulsion          27
  • 4.2          AUTOMOTIVE   28
  • 4.3          BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION              29
    • 4.3.1      Improved energy efficiency         29
    • 4.3.2      Concrete             31
    • 4.3.3      HVAC    31
  • 4.4          ELECTRONICS     33
    • 4.4.1      Thermal management and cooling            33
  • 4.5          PACKAGING AND COLD CHAIN LOGISTICS              35
    • 4.5.1      Temperature-controlled shipping             35
  • 4.6          REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS            37
    • 4.6.1      Commercial refrigeration             37
  • 4.7          THERMAL STORAGE SYSTEMS     38
    • 4.7.1      Water heaters   38
    • 4.7.2      Thermal batteries for water heaters and EVs        39
  • 4.8          TEXTILES AND APPAREL 41
    • 4.8.1      Temperature controlled fabrics  41
    • 4.8.2      Cooling vests     41

 

5              COMPANY PROFILES       44

  • 5.1          Type of PCM produced, by company        44
  • 5.2          Target markets for PCMS, by company   45
  • 5.3          Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.       47
  • 5.4          AI Technology Inc.            47
  • 5.5          Andores New Energy Co., Ltd.     48
  • 5.6          Axiotherm GmbH             49
  • 5.7          Bodle Technologies Ltd. 49
  • 5.8          Boyd Corporation             50
  • 5.9          CCT Energy Storage         51
  • 5.10        Climator Sweden AB       52
  • 5.11        Cowa Thermal Solutions AG        52
  • 5.12        Croda Europe Ltd.            53
  • 5.13        Cryopak               54
  • 5.14        Datum Phase Change Ltd              55
  • 5.15        Devan Chemicals NV       56
  • 5.16        Encapsys LLC      57
  • 5.17        Enesoon New Energy Co. Ltd       58
  • 5.18        Ewald Dörken AG             58
  • 5.19        Global-E-Systems Europe             59
  • 5.20        Hangzhou Ruhr New Material Technology Co., Ltd.            60
  • 5.21        HeatVentors      61
  • 5.22        Henkel AG & Co. KGAA  61
  • 5.23        Insolcorp LLC      63
  • 5.24        Inuteq  63
  • 5.25        Microtek Laboratories, Inc.          64
  • 5.26        Parker Hannifin Corporation        65
  • 5.27        PCM Technology              66
  • 5.28        Phase Change Material Products Ltd.       66
  • 5.29        Pelican BioThermal LLC  67
  • 5.30        Phase Change Products Pty Ltd (PCP)      68
  • 5.31        Phase Change Energy Solutions Inc.          69
  • 5.32        PLUSS Advanced Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  70
  • 5.33        Promethean Power Systems, Inc               71
  • 5.34        PureTemp LLC   72
  • 5.35        Rubitherm Technologies GmbH 73
  • 5.36        Salca BV               73
  • 5.37        Sasol Germany GmbH    74
  • 5.38        Schoeller Textiles AG      75
  • 5.39        Shanghai Tempered Entropy New Energy Co.      75
  • 5.40        Shenzhen Aochuan Technology Co., Ltd. 76
  • 5.41        Sonoco Thermosafe        77
  • 5.42        Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd.          78
  • 5.43        Sundanzer          79
  • 5.44        Sunamp Ltd.       79
  • 5.45        Suntherm ApS   80
  • 5.46        va-Q-tec AG       81
  • 5.47        Viking Cold Solutions, Inc.             82

 

6              RESEARCH METHODOLOGY         83

 

7              REFERENCES       84

 

Tables

  • Table 1. Market drivers for phase change materials.         11
  • Table 2. Properties of PCMs.       11
  • Table 3. Global revenues for phase change materials, 2019, by type.         13
  • Table 4. Global revenues for phase change materials, historical and estimated to 2030, by market.             14
  • Table 5.  PCM Types and properties.        18
  • Table 6. Advantages and disadvantages of organic PCMs.               19
  • Table 7. Advantages and disadvantages of organic PCM Fatty Acids.          20
  • Table 8. Advantages and disadvantages of salt hydrates  21
  • Table 9. Advantages and disadvantages of low melting point metals.         22
  • Table 10. Advantages and disadvantages of eutectics.     22
  • Table 11. Recent PCM patents.  25
  • Table 12. Market assessment for PCMs in automotive-market age, applications, key benefits and motivation for use, market drivers and trends, market challenges.    28
  • Table 13. Market assessment for PCMs in building and construction-market age, applications, key benefits and motivation for use, market drivers and trends, market challenges.             32
  • Table 14. Market assessment for PCMs in electronics-market age, applications, key benefits and motivation for use, market drivers and trends, market challenges.    33
  • Table 15. PCMs used in cold chain applications.  35
  • Table 16. Market assessment for phase change materials in packaging and cold chain logistics-market age, applications, key benefits and motivation for use, market drivers and trends, market challenges. 36
  • Table 17. Market assessment for PCMs in refrigeration systems -market age, applications, key benefits and motivation for use, market drivers and trends, market challenges.    37
  • Table 18. Market assessment for PCMs in thermal storage systems-market age, applications, key benefits and motivation for use, market drivers and trends, market challenges.             39
  • Table 19. Commercially available PCM cooling vest products.       42
  • Table 20. Market assessment for PCMs textiles and apparel-market age, applications, key benefits and motivation for use, market drivers and trends, market challenges.           43
  • Table 21. Type of PCM produced, by company.   44
  • Table 22. Target markets for PCMS, by company.               45
  • Table 23. CrodaTherm Range.     53

 

Figures

  • Figure 1. PCM mode of operation.            9
  • Figure 2. Applications of PCM by temperature range.       10
  • Figure 3. Global revenues for phase change materials, 2019- 2030, by market.     15
  • Figure 4. Thermal energy storage materials.         16
  • Figure 5. Phase Change Material transient behaviour.      17
  • Figure 6. Classification of PCMs. 17
  • Figure 7. Phase-change materials in their original states. 18
  • Figure 8. Phase change materials patents 2001-2020.        25
  • Figure 9. Schematic representation of the PCM de-icing. 27
  • Figure 10. Global energy consumption growth of buildings.           29
  • Figure 11.  Energy consumption of residential building sector.      29
  • Figure 12. Schematic of PCM use in buildings.      30
  • Figure 13. Comparison of the maximum energy storage capacity of 10 mm thickness of different building materials operating between 18 °C and 26 °C for 24 h.        31
  • Figure 14. Schematic of PCM in storage tank linked to solar collector.       38
  • Figure 15. UniQ line of thermal batteries.              39
  • Figure 16. PCMs-containing microcapsules incorporated into textiles.      41
  • Figure 17. PCM cooling vest.       42
  • Figure 18. Solid State Reflective Display (SRD®) schematic.            50
  • Figure 19. Transtherm® PCMs.   51
  • Figure 20. HI-FLOW Phase Change Materials.       62
  • Figure 21. Crēdo™ ProMed transport bags.           68

 

 

 

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