ACS Omega. 2022 Nov 7;7(45):41096-41099. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.2c04594. eCollection 2022 Nov 15.
It is essential to determine the heat storage efficiency of shape-stabilized phase change materials (ss-PCMs). In two published articles, the formula for heat storage efficiency is presented using two distinct equations. Using the two equations, the calculated values for heat storage efficiency revealed significant discrepancies. The outcomes cannot be compared. The evaluation of heat storage efficiency has a substantial impact on the practical application of PCMs and serves as a performance benchmark for the PCM samples that have been tested. In this paper, the correct equations for calculating the efficiency of heat storage are presented. Furthermore, it is essential to note that the methods used to calculate the supercooling value are not straightforward. Consequently, this paper clarified the correct formula and/or method for determining the supercooling value and heat storage efficiency of ss-PCMs.