A New High-Flux Solar Furnace for High-Temperature Thermochemical Research

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P. Haueter, T. Seitz, A. Steinfeld

Solar Process Technology Group, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland

J. Sol. Energy Eng 121(1), 77-80 (Feb 01, 1999) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2888146 History: Received April 01, 1998; Revised December 01, 1998; Online February 14, 2008


A new high-flux solar furnace, capable of delivering up to 40kW at peak concentration ratios exceeding 5000, is operational at PSI. Its optical design characteristics, main engineering features, and operating performance are described. This solar concentrating facility will be used principally for investigating the thermochemical processing of solar fuels at temperatures as high as 2500 K.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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