Universitat de Lleida

Advanced organic compounds with enhanced thermal energy storage capacity

Posted by Unitat from Universitat de LleidaResponsive · Patents for licensing · Spain

Summary of the technology

Production of ionic liquids, bisimidazolium salts obtained from glycerol and carboxylic acids, which show a high thermal energy storage (TES) capacity.

Multi-application technology based on new phase change materials (PCM) with higher thermal properties than those used nowadays. These compounds are bisimidazolium salts, which may be obtained from affordable natural sources - fats and oils, usually by-products at the agro-food industry - through a patented procedure.

Universitat de Lleida
Universitat de Lleida

The Technology

Multi-application technology based on new phase change materials (PCM) with higher thermal properties than those used nowadays. These compounds are bisimidazolium salts, which may be obtained from affordable natural sources - fats and oils, usually by-products at the agro-food industry - through a patented procedure.

The Market

In 2013 the PCM market was quantified in 480.8 million $ and is expected to reach 1765.8 million in 2020 with an annual compound growth rate of 20,7%. The market can be segmented by three major product categories: paraffin (45%), hydrated salts (33%) and Bio PCM and fatty acids (22%).

Advantages

Renewable compounds with ability to store and release large amounts of thermal energy.

5-fold higher thermal energy storage capacity when compared to marketed products (more than 200 KJ/Kg enthalpy of solidification).

Environmentally friendly as they may be obtained from low-cost natural sources and/or industrial by-products (fats, oils, glycerol) by means of an exclusive and patented procedure.

Applications

Endless PCM applications exist for broad range of industrial applications. Used in:

• Construction materials; the compounds enhance comfort, reduce energy consumption and reduce air conditioning/cooling dependence,

• In the health sector are useful for safe transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, biologics and blood products,

• In the textile industry, advanced clothes or sport shoes to assure regular temperature,

• for green energy, to store energy in solar panels.

Level of Development

Technology validated in lab (TLR4) obtaining bisimidazole salts from commercial precursors. Currently, by-products of the agro food industry are under investigation as natural sources to obtain the same compounds.

Desired business relationship

Other : Technology available for licensing

Intellectual property status

Patent already applied for
P201531615
SPAIN

Granted Patent
ES2611780B1
Spain

Technology Owner

Universitat de Lleida

Research & Technology Organization

Related keywords

  • Industrial Technologies
  • Energy Technology
  • Rational use of energy
  • Other Energy Topics
  • Energy efficiency
  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Environment
  • Waste Management
  • Organic Substances
  • Solar / Thermal Energy Technology
  • Energy Market
  • Energy Conservation Related
  • Industrial Products
  • Chemicals and Materials
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Solar / Thermal Energy Market
  • Energy Storage
  • organic compounds
  • bisimidazole
  • salts
  • renewable
  • renewable compounds
  • thermal energy storage
  • phase change materials (pcm)

About Universitat de Lleida

Research & Technology Organization from Spain

The Valorisation and Technology Transfer Unit (UViT) is the specialized unit for handling the IPR portfolio in the University of Lleida. The UViT works close to researchers in the fields of Agrifood, Biomedicine, Technology and Sustainability and Social Development to identify research results with market potential, to assess the community on the best IP protection strategy and to commercialise technologies through licensing-out agreements and the creation of technology-based companies.

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