About this Research Topic
Thermal power generation at very high temperatures suddenly has become very important and very exciting. This is happening because a number of applications are demanding solutions for efficient power conversion at temperatures well above 600°C.
The quest for high-temperature thermal power generation drives research and development in a number of areas including thermodynamics, materials for high temperature heat exchangers and expanders, high-temperature heat storage, and power blocks that will convert such high-temperature heat to electricity in an effective and reliable way.
The purpose of this Research Topic is to mark the level of present development and future challenges in this area, specifically very-high temperature (VHT) power generation. The Research Topic focuses on, but is not limited to:
• Thermodynamics of VHT power generation including supercritical CO2 cycles and other opportunities,
• VHT thermal and thermochemical storage – material issues, chemical cycles and other challenges,
• New expanders, compressors, and heat exchange equipment for VHT power cycles,
• Advances in VHT Concentrating Solar Thermal power generation,
• Advances in new VHT carbon-captured coal and natural gas fired power generation such as the Allam cycle,
• Advances in component technologies for VHT power generation using supercritical CO2 cycles,
• Socio-economic studies about how the power generation markets may be reshaped if VHT power generation can be achieved over the next decade.
Keywords: Thermal Power Generation, Very High Temperatures, Thermodynamics, Materials, Heat Exchangers
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