Electrical initiation of solidification from supercooled state and preservation of supercooled state of sodium acetate trihydrate solution, which is considered as a promising thermal energy storage material, are experimentally investigated with varying the configuration of electrodes and confirmed that the initiation of solidification and preservation of supercooled state are both possible by using the electric field. Further, effect of crystal growth direction on crystal growth rate is also investigated by using the newly developed electrical nucleation method. The result shows that the crystal growth rate, which growth direction is bottom to top, is slightly decreased compared with the direction of top to bottom at certain supercooling temperature range.

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