Liquid Metal CSP System Design
Using liquid metal in CSP enables higher temperatures and more efficient heat engines. However, a myriad of system level design challenges exist, which factor in the cost of materials, construction and operations/maintenance. Here, our research is focused on developing a full plant design that is both cost effective and reliable.
Liquid Metal Receiver
We are designing, optimizing and testing high temperature ceramic receivers that transfer concentrated light to liquid metal as sensible heat.
Liquid Metal Heat Sink
We are designing, optimizing and testing thermal radiation based heat sinks to for high temperature heat dissipation in liquid metal circulation loops.
Liquid Metal CSP Cost Analysis
We are investigating various trade offs and developing innovative solutions to minimize the cost of liquid metal based CSP, which from our estimates appears to be ~ 25-30% less expensive than state of the art molten salt power tower systems.
TPV with Storage
We are analyzing CSP systems with high temperature thermal storage that utilize thermophotovoltaic (TPV) modules as a power cycle. This approach has interesting advantages over traditional turbines, but can only be realized with specially designed and high performance cells.