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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

Abstract

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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