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MGA represents a newly developed family of materials called 'Miscibility Gap Alloys', invented at the University of Newcastle. The new materials feature millimeter scale grains of PCM (phase change material) which store energy when melting, trapped in a bulk solid matrix of high thermal conductivity material. The matrix remains solid at all times, giving the opportunity to store energy with the benefits of a PCM, without the associated difficulty of handling a molten material "solar boiler" type storage blocks with little heat transfer infrastructure. At the same time, its high thermal conductivity rapidly disperses energy to the PCM.

Lead Institute

University of Newcastle

Team members

Alex Post
Mark Copus
Erich Kisi
Benjamin Fraser
Dylan Cuskelly

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