Solar Central Receiver Thermal Loss Test Method

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Alvin F. Baker

Project Engineering Division III, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA 94550

J. Sol. Energy Eng 112(1), 2-5 (Feb 01, 1990) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930756 History: Received April 02, 1988; Revised August 01, 1989; Online June 06, 2008


This paper presents a test method for determining the thermal loss from a solar central receiver at normal operating conditions. The thermal loss determined by this test method is independent of knowing the incident solar power onto the receiver. Thermal loss includes losses from emitted radiation, convection, and conduction. Reflected radiation is accounted for by an effective solar absorptance. The paper describes the test method and derives the equations used to evaluate the receiver thermal loss from the test.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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