Published at Joule – A solar tower fuel plant for the thermochemical production of kerosene from H2O and CO2

Summary: Developing solar technologies for producing carbon-neutral aviation fuels has become a global energy challenge, but their readiness level has largely been limited to laboratory-scale studies. Here, we report on the experimental demonstration of a fully integrated thermochemical production chain from H2O and CO2 to kerosene using concentrated solar energy in a solar tower configuration. The […]

Published in Case Studies in Thermal Engineering-Comparison study of thermoclinic heat storage tanks using different liquid metals for concentrated solar power

Comparison study of thermoclinic heat storage tanks using different liquid metals for concentrated solar power   Abstract: Liquid metals are good potential heat transfer materials for thermoclinic heat storage (THS) systems and will play an important role in the next generation solar thermal power system with higher operating temperature. This paper presents a comparative research […]

Published at ACS – Synthesis, Experimental, and Theoretical Study of Co3–xNixO4 Mixed Oxides: Potential Candidates for Hydrogen Production via Solar Redox Cycles

Abstract: Recently, green hydrogen production via solar thermochemical water splitting (STWS) as a clean and sustainable method is becoming a subject of interest to many researchers. Great efforts are being made to develop materials for STWS with suitable operating conditions, low cost, and good cycling stability. In this context, the study of mixed cobalt and […]

Published at Sustainable Energy & Fuels – Kinetic investigation of solar chemical looping reforming of methane over Ni–CeO2 at low temperature

Abstract: Leveraging solar thermal energy to drive the chemical looping reforming of methane (CLRM) is a promising method of efficiently and selectively reforming methane to produce syngas using renewable energy. In this work, the role of catalytically active nickel in reaction kinetics, conversion, selectivity, and total syngas production during CLRM over Ni–CeO2 is investigated. Through thermogravimetric […]

Published at Thermal Science and Engineering Progress – Design and steady-state simulation of a CSP-ORC power plant using an open-source co-simulation framework combining SAM and DWSIM:

Abstract: Numerical modeling and simulation are necessary to design and optimize processes that include concentrating solar power (CSP) and industrial chemical processes; however, no co-simulation environment have been used or suggested in the literature for such plants. This paper suggests a promising approach to build a user-friendly simulation framework using open-source tools. DWSIM simulator was […]

Published at Energies – Experimental Investigation on the Vector Characteristics of Concentrated Solar Radiation Flux Map:

Abstract: It is difficult to measure the concentrated solar radiation flux (CSRF) inside a cavity receiver directly due to the complex geometry of cavity receivers. At present, most reports measure the CSRF at the aperture plane (generally coinciding with the focal plane of solar concentrators) of the cavity receiver instead of at the absorber wall, […]

Published at the Journal of Energy Storage – Nanoparticle-based anticorrosion coatings for molten salts applications:

  Abstract: High-temperature molten salt systems are employed in a wide variety of industrial applications, linked to energy production and storage, such as concentrated solar power, waste heat recovery, storage plants, fuel cells nuclear, etc. The reactivity of these salts is one of the main issues to address for the employment of affordable steels as […]

Published at Applied Thermal Engineering – Hierarchical Control of Multi-Generation Solar Thermal Power Plant:

Abstract: This paper reports on the development of a hierarchical control strategy for a multi-generation solar plant. The plant includes a linear Fresnel reflector, an organic Rankine cycle, an absorption chiller, a thermal storage tank, circulation pumps, and valves. The hierarchical control strategy consists of three successive layers in addition to a wireless monitoring system. […]

Decarbonizing the German industrial thermal energy use with solar, hydrogen, and other options–Recommendations for the world

Read the full paper comparing Germany’s green industrial heat options at Science Direct Abstract This paper is based on a position paper of the German Industry Association Concentrated Solar Power e.V. to the German government and discusses options on how to decarbonize the heat demand of the domestic industry. Among other options, concentration solar collectors […]

Computational fluid dynamics study of hydrogen production using concentrated solar radiation as a heat source

Published in the January Issue of Energy Conversion and Management Abstract The purpose of this paper is to study the performance of the steam methane reformer (SMR) using solar energy as a heat source using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. An analysis of the flow and heat transfer performance of scaled-up SMR with solar […]