Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Efficiency in Warm Climates

AFFILIATION:   CoolComposites, Incorporated, Waltham, Massachusetts, United States


Track: Energy & Resilience
Area: Buildings & Bases
Tech Readiness: TRL 4

Tech Brief: CoolComposites is an MIT spinout developing thermally responsive building materials designed to keep structures cool in warm environments. Our additives are embedded within structures and work automatically, requiring no active power. This improves the thermal performance of building materials by up to 40% and lowers energy use.


Value Proposition: In 2010, the DoD spent about $20 billion on air conditioning. Need for energy intensive climate control in desert forward operating bases resulted in not only high expense but also thousands of lives lost in fuel convoys. By contributing to energy efficiency through cost-effective building materials solutions, CoolComposites aims to reduce the need for fuel in warm operating environments. Energy Plus models performed using historical data in a desert environment point to a 20% reduction in the building-level need for cooling energy as the result of adding the PCM to a one-story structure. Thus, by adding our product to buildings and barrack in bases located in warm environments, CoolComposites could substantially reduce the energy use, expenditure, and risk associated with fueling forward operating bases. Further optimization of the PCM, the building material that it is incorporated into, and structure could result in greater reductions in cooling energy.


Org Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)