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Energy Transport With an Integrated Direct Solar Reactor

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T. Rozenman

Resource Analysis International (RAI), Inc., Los Angeles, CA 90066

J. Sol. Energy Eng 109(3), 221-226 (Aug 01, 1987) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268210 History: Received October 01, 1986; Online November 11, 2009

Abstract

A novel design concept is presented of a high-temperature solar central receiver in which solar energy is directly absorbed by fluids flowing in tubes and undergoing a chemical reaction. The utilization of this concept in a design of a solar Methane-Reforming reactor is discussed, especially as it applies to chemical energy transport systems. An analysis of heat balance and energy efficiency of both Steam-Methane and CO2 -Methane reforming presents the technological barriers and potential in applying these systems for the transport of solar energy.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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