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Efficient Heat Transfer Methods in a Hybrid Solar Thermal Power System for the FSPOT-X Project

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David E. Lee, Michael Petach, Emanuel Tward, Cecilia Penera, John Pohner, Scott Whitney

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA

Bill Nesmith, Terry Hendricks, Juan Cepeda-Rizo, Jonathan Grandidier

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Paper No. ES2015-49658, pp. V001T03A005; 7 pages
  • ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2015 Power Conference, the ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, and the ASME 2015 Nuclear Forum
  • Volume 1: Advances in Solar Buildings and Conservation; Climate Control and the Environment; Alternate Fuels and Infrastructure; ARPA-E; Combined Energy Cycles, CHP, CCHP, and Smart Grids; Concentrating Solar Power; Economic, Environmental, and Policy Aspects of Alternate Energy; Geothermal Energy, Harvesting, Ocean Energy and Other Emerging Technologies; Hydrogen Energy Technologies; Low/Zero Emission Power Plants and Carbon Sequestration; Micro and Nano Technology Applications and Materials
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 28–July 2, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5684-0
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


The FSPOT-X Project, focused on maximizing exergy generated from AM1.5 sunlight, targets an overall system efficiency of >35%. The objective hybrid power system will deliver grid-ready AC power while simultaneously providing thermal energy storage for dispatchable electrical power generation in post sunset conditions. The challenging system-level requirements flow-down critical temperature differential and thermal transport requirements to multiple system components and their interfaces. By integrating and demonstrating multiple technologies, the FSPOT-X hybrid power system seeks to efficiently convert photons to electrons maximizing heat transfer efficiency across system element interfaces. These include: I1) capturing all incident sunlight from the solar concentrator in a receiver cavity to maximize energy generation from the CPV cells, I2) extracting PV thermalization heat from the receiver and into the reflux chamber, I3) moving heat from the reflux chamber through the thermal transfer interface, I4) using the thermal transfer interface to shift heat into the TAPC’s hot heat exchanger, I5) storing excess unused heat in phase change material, and I6) disposal of waste heat at the system level. For each of these thermal interfaces, effective and efficient technical means are being used and applied in order to maximize overall system efficiency for delivery of a next generation cost-effective and market-ready solar power system.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME



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