Partnering opportunity

Slovak research institute has developed a novel thermal storage materials based on molten salts applicable e.g. in corrosion testing of construction materials. The institute is looking for cooperation via financial agreement or services agreement

Summary

Established Slovak research institute experienced in inorganic chemistry has developed a novel thermal storage materials base on molten salts. Liquid fluoride salts are excellent high-temperature thermal storage media. The institute offers fluoride mixtures with exactly given properties for thermal storage. The offered technology could be used e.g. in corrosion testing on construction materials. They seek partners interested in financial agreement or services agreement.

Partner sought

Type of partner: no preference Field of activity: no preference. Any type of business partner, who would like to cooperate with the institute on thermal storage issues. The offered technology could be used e.g. in corrosion testing on construction materials or it could easily find the usage in specific applications of heat storage for domestic use and middle-size companies, etc. Role: Financial agreement - the institute has an innovative project, needs financing and offers the project to investor Services agreement - the centre is looking for partners for services agreement, who are interested in services connected to above mentioned technology and its use in praxis.

Description

This research institute is one of the most respected and experienced research centres in Slovakia active in the field of inorganic chemistry. The institute is focused on basic research in the area of inorganic and bio-inorganic systems oriented to optimization and development of new materials and technological processes in the following branches of science: inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, materials chemistry, inorganic technologies and materials, theoretical chemistry, nanotechnology. The main subjects of the research are the following: - Relations between composition, properties and structure of inorganic substances, mainly advanced ceramic materials, molten salt systems and hydrosilicates - Thermodynamics of multicomponent systems - Features and chemical reactions in inorganic systems, including interface of phases - Development and application of theoretical and experimental methods for the determination of the structure and properties of matter. This institute offers fluoride mixtures with exactly given properties for thermal storage. The institute examined especially physical and chemical properties of molten fluoride salts. Liquid fluoride salts are excellent high-temperature thermal storage media. Fluoride salt mixtures are preferred because of much lower melting points than those for single-component salts. Many other properties, such as vapour pressure, density, thermal expansion coefficient, and viscosity are more desirable opposite to so-far used storage media. Fluoride salts are thermodynamically stable at high temperatures with very high boiling points. Only their high corrosive activity makes them disadvantageous. To avoid corrosion, liquid-fluoride salts must be thermodynamically stable relative to the materials of construction; that is, the materials of construction must be chemically noble relative to the salts. This requirement is necessary because fluoride salts are agents that rapidly dissolve protective layers of a lot of construction materials based on metals, metal alloys, metal oxides, thus limiting the choice to highly thermodynamically stable fluoride salts. Knowledge of phase equilibria and other characteristics of molten salts is essential for the calculation of the concentration within the electrochemical study of molten niobium systems, as well as the kinetics of ongoing processes. This physico-chemical analysis of fluoride melt systems is needed for the electrolytic separation of silicon for photovoltaic applications. The institute is looking for partners to cooperate with via financial agreement (the institute needs financing of the technology and offers the project to investors) or via services agreement (services connected to the use of developed technology in praxis are offered). The offered technology could be used e.g. in corrosion testing on construction materials or it could easily find the usage in specific applications of heat storage for domestic use and middle-size companies, etc.

Advantages and innovations

- Completely new, innovative approach - Liquid fluoride salts are excellent high-temperature thermal storage media - Fluoride salt mixtures are preferred because of much lower melting points than those for single-component salts - High thermal conductivity, specific heat and stability; non-toxic; corrosive (for steels).

Development stage

Under development/lab tested

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

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