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Operational Performance of a 5-kW Solar Chemical Reactor for the Co-Production of Zinc and Syngas

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Stefan Kräupl

Solar Process Technology, Paul Scherrer Institute, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland

Aldo Steinfeld

Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH-Zentrum, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland

J. Sol. Energy Eng 125(1), 124-126 (Jan 27, 2003) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1530196 History: Received March 01, 2002; Revised June 01, 2002; Online January 27, 2003
Copyright © 2003 by ASME
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Scheme of the SynMet solar chemical reactor 7
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Rate of Zn production as a function of the nominal reactor temperature. Note in Table 1 that mass flow rates and solar power input are not the same for every run
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Energy balance for each of the solar runs
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Variation of the thermal efficiency as a function of the nominal reactor temperature

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