Distinctive Properties of Tubular Solar Chemical Reactors

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Eva Meirovitch

Center for Energy Research, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel

J. Sol. Energy Eng 113(3), 188-193 (Aug 01, 1991) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930491 History: Received October 04, 1989; Revised April 02, 1991; Online June 06, 2008


Concentrated sunlight can be stored in the chemical bond by activating an endothermic reaction. This novel concept has been implemented recently with solar power captured in a central receiver equipped with chemical reactors. The related theory, presented in this report, singles out this interactive radiative-chemical system as distinctively stable thermodynamically, resilient to perturbations, internally regulatory and self-corrective. None of the thermochemical devices conceived so far bear all these attributes.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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