Next Generation Solar Hybrid Receiver Combustor

Description:

The Next Generation Solar Hybrid Receiver Combustor technology represents the next generation in solar hybridisation for power generation and offers significant advantages over current conventional hybrid systems. This is achieved by combining the functions of a solar receiver and boiler into a single device, reducing existing infrastructure constraints, as well as heat losses associated with existing configurations. Additionally, the technical and economic incentives in this device are considerable when compared to the costs associated with existing configurations that typically collect the renewable and fossil-fuel sources in separate devices.

 

Our novel Hybrid Receiver Combustor establishes a cavity receiver configuration that accommodates radiant heat from a solar source and is inter-coupled with a combustion source to achieve optimal heat transfer (independent of variations in the solar input).

 

This integration is proposed to deliver step change advantages, not limited to but including:

- A reduction in the infrastructure and CAPEX required for dispatching continuous supply (24hr) from a solar thermal power plant.

- Reduced energy losses from the heating fluids insulated by the HRC

- An increase in the harvest of concentrated solar radiation

- The ability to limit the impact of thermal shock by maintaining nominally constant heat to the transport mechanisms.            

 

Commercial Applications

 

This technology will be of interest to businesses operating in the fields of:

- Concentrating Solar Power 

- Boiler Design & Technology

- Gas Exploration & Production

 

IP Position

 

Patents pending are in national phase - refer PCT/AU2013/000326 Hybrid Solar Receiver

 

Partnering Opportunities

 

Complementary to the expertise of our existing team or researchers, industry and development partners, we are pleased to consider expressions of interest and enquiries from additional relevant partners and/or prospective licensees.

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Kiara Bechta-Metti
The University of Adelaide
Kiara.Bechta-Metti@adelaide.edu.au
Inventors:
Graham Nathan
Peter Ashman
Bassam Dally
Aldo Steinfeld
Keywords:
Energy
Environmental
Green Tech
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum, Oil & Gas