Numerical modeling of solar thermo-chemical water-splitting reactor

Darryl L. James, Nathan P. Siegel, Richard B. Diver, Barry D. Boughton, Roy E. Hogan

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Abstract

Production of hydrogen using solar thermal energy has the potential to be a viable alternative to other hydrogen production methods, typically fossil-fuel driven processes. Thermochemical reactions for splitting water require high temperatures to operate effectively, for which solar is well-suited. Numerical modeling to investigate the concept of a solar-driven reactor for splitting water is presented in detail in this paper for an innovative reactor, known as the "counter-rotating-ring receiver/reactor/recuperator" (CR5) solar thermochemical heat engine that is presently under development. In this paper, details of numerical simulations predicting the thermal/fluid behavior of the innovative solar-driven thermo-chemical reactor are described in detail. These scoping calculations have been used to provide insight into the thermal behavior of the counter-rotating reactor rings and to assess the degree of flow control required for the CR5 concept.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006
StatePublished - 2006
EventASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2006Jul 13 2006

Publication series

NameInternational Solar Energy Conference
Volume2006
ISSN (Print)1546-8402

Conference

ConferenceASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period07/9/0607/13/06

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