Ceramic Technology for Solar Thermal Receivers

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A. A. Kudirka, R. H. Smoak

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. 91109

J. Sol. Energy Eng 105(1), 73-79 (Feb 01, 1983) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266349 History: Received April 21, 1982; Online November 11, 2009


Development of ceramic receiver technology for advanced solar thermal energy applications is being pursued in order to achieve significant reductions in energy cost and increase the potential application of solar thermal energy. Basically, structural ceramics are being seriously considered for solar applications because of their high temperature capability, their nonstrategic nature, and their potential for low cost. In this paper, candidate ceramic materials for solar receivers and their characteristics are described, potentially applicable fabrication and processing methods are discussed, and their applicability and promise for solar receivers is assessed. Receiver design requirements as well as system requirements for solar applications are reviewed. Promising areas of application of ceramic receivers in the near future are also discussed. Current ceramic receiver development status and plans are described, including one receiver which has been successfully tested at gas exit temperatures of up to 1425°C.

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