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Predicted Performance of a Ceramic Foam Gas Phase Heat Recuperator for a Solar Thermochemical Reactor

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Rohini Bala Chandran, Aayan Banerjee, Jane H. Davidson

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Paper No. ES2014-6413, pp. V001T02A014; 2 pages
  • ASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 1: Combined Energy Cycles, CHP, CCHP, and Smart Grids; Concentrating Solar Power, Solar Thermochemistry and Thermal Energy Storage; Geothermal, Ocean, and Emerging Energy Technologies; Hydrogen Energy Technologies; Low/Zero Emission Power Plants and Carbon Sequestration; Photovoltaics; Wind Energy Systems and Technologies
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 30–July 2, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4586-8
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The efficiency of solar thermochemical cycles to split water and carbon dioxide depends in large part on highly effective gas phase heat recovery. Heat recovery is imperative for approaches that rely on an inert sweep gas to reach low partial pressures of oxygen during thermal reduction and/or use excess oxidizer to provide a higher thermodynamic driving potential for fuel production. In this paper, we analyze heat transfer and pressure drop of a tube-in-tube ceramic heat exchanger for the operating conditions expected in a prototype solar reactor for isothermal cycling of ceria. The ceramic tubes are filled with reticulated porous ceramic (RPC). The impacts of the selection of the composition and morphology of the RPC on heat transfer and pressure drop are explored via computational analysis. Results indicate a 10 pore per inch (ppi), 80–85% porous alumina RPC yields effectiveness from 85 to 90 percent.

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