About this Research Topic
Solar energy is cleaner and most sought-after energy source compared to its counter parts including other types of renewable energies as well as fossil fuels. Concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) is unique among other solar energy harvesting techniques. Even though solar energy is highly intermittent, the integration of thermal energy storage (TES) systems enables concentrating solar power plants to generate dispatchable electricity. The adaptation of thermal energy storage systems is an area of extensive research activities as observed from a multitude of advancements in the literature. However, immense scope is still there to study development, potential, and performance of new cost effective and reliable technologies to adopt TES in CSP.
Integration as well as cost reduction of installation and operation of TES based CSP is of high importance in the current energy scenario. Applications for the TES for various temperature ranges in CSP plants is still not clearly analyzed. Another major focus area is the thermal conductivity improvement of thermal energy storage materials to be used in TES. Other than thermal conductivity, properties such as chemical and physical compatibility of storage material, cost, environmental effect etc. are also major focus areas. In addition to sensible and latent heat storage materials, the technological advancement of thermochemical storage material can be considered for further research. Current research trends in this area also lacks comprehensive investigation involving exergy analysis, economic analysis, life time assessment and environmental assessment of TES based CSP plants.
This Research Topic aims to create a platform for recent works related to adaption of thermal energy storage system to concentrating solar collectors. The area is further extended into the following topics applicable to TES in CSP.
• Materials for thermal energy storage
• Sensible, latent, and thermochemical energy storage
• Phase Change Materials
• Corrosion resistant energy storage materials
• Encapsulation technologies
• LCOE Improvement
• Two tank system
• Single tank thermocline system
• Exergy analysis of TES-CSP systems
• Economic and LCA of TES-CSP system
• TES for low temperature applications
• TES for medium and high temperature applications
• Environmental issues related to TES and CSP plants
• Environmental assessment
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