Ice-resistant coating

Bison code: L.28292

Context/current situation:

Is sounds futuristic, but we can already heat our houses with ice. This can be done by freezing water into ice and is applied by the company SolarFreezer. Freezing water into ice releases as much energy as heating water from 0 to 80 degrees Celsius. The heat from freezing water is collected via a heat-exchanger and transferred to the heating system of a house (hot tap water or living room heating for example). This systems works perfectly, but can be further optimized by avoiding ice-growth around the heat-exchanger. Ice works like an insulator, reducing the heat-transfer.

Problem statement:

Ice builds up around the heat-exchanger. This ice is blocking the heat-transfer and ice removal is desired. Can you and your group design a form/material/strategy to resist ice formation, so it can’t block the heat exchange anymore?

Project or research goal:

–           Test the ice-resistant material/shape or other.
–           Design novel ice-resistant material.
–           Tests with current available materials.

Project results: advise which ice-resistant coating/material should be used in the SolarFreezer system to avoid ice-growth.

Use the following steps to explain your advice:

–           Design method for measuring ice-resistant material
–           Tests ice-resistant materials
–           Costs indication ice-resistant material
–           Test for freeze/thaw cycles

Cluster: Circular Products

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):