Harvesting heat from the Sun
With increasing demand of energy, the role of concentrated solar power has never been more important and the performance of the solar particle receiver is yet to be fully investigated.
We want to improve the performance of the solar particle receiver by investigating the effect of orientation, particle size, and inlet air velocity on its residence time. Lasers were used to detect the exact time when particles are injected into and out of the receiver, and a program was developed to calculate the particles' residence time.
Generally, the larger the particle size, the smaller the mean residence time. In addition, we discovered orientation has significant effect on residence time with the combination of low inlet velocity and small particle size.
Future energy and resources
Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Hui Wen Teo
Swee Shan Ho
Yen Yi Chew