International Journal of Photoenergy

Innovative Applications of Advanced Solar Thermal Technologies Using Phase Change Materials


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1University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, USA

2Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA

3China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China

4Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China

5University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA


Innovative Applications of Advanced Solar Thermal Technologies Using Phase Change Materials

Description

Solar energy is considered as the most abundant renewable energy source, and there are several different ways to harvest solar energy, such as photovoltaics (PV), solar heating/cooling, concentrating solar power (CSP), and passive solar energy. In fact, except PV, solar thermal technology is the key to all the different solar harvesting techniques, because it can directly convert sunlight into heat and makes this heat available for different applications, such as heating/cooling, power generation, and energy storage, but the proper thermal management is also important for PV’s operation. The operating temperature of solar thermal technology ranges from low (< 70°C), to medium (70°C ~ 200°C), to high (200°C ~ 600°C), and to extreme-high (> 600°C). Currently, most of the solar thermal applications are in low and medium temperature range; limited information has been reported for high and extreme-high temperature applications due to the limitations of heat transfer fluid, especially for power energy.

Recently, phase change materials (PCMs) have attracted a lot of attention in energy storage or heating/cooling applications, due to its ability of storing more energy compared with the same amount of sensible storage material, but its intrinsically low thermal conductivity has restricted its more broad applications; as a result various heat transfer enhancement technologies have been developed. Currently, PCMs have been widely applied in heating/cooling and heat recovery systems at low and medium temperature range, but the integration of PCM with solar thermal energy is not well documented. Furthermore, most of PCMs are not thermally or chemically stable at high or extreme-high temperature; as a result it is critical to develop proper engineering ways to incorporate PCM at high temperature for solar thermal applications.

This special issue is intended to address the integrated solutions between advanced solar thermal engineering and PCM. It is of great interests for researchers and scientists in the fields of mechanical engineering, materials science/engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and so forth.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Desalination or wastewater treatment using solar energy and PCM
  • Solar-thermal-driven hydrogen production
  • Hybrid solar thermal energy system using PCM
  • High temperature latent heat thermal storage system for CSP
  • Solar thermochemical energy storage integrated with PCM
  • Carbon capture and storage driven by solar thermal
  • Zero-emission building integrated with solar thermal systems and PCM
  • PCM for photovoltaic thermal management
  • Thermal management using PCM and solar thermal energy
  • Systematic optimization for integrated solar thermal system with PCM
  • PCM-integrated solar thermal device and its potential commercialization
  • Feasibility and economic study

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 1829298
  • - Research Article

A Parametric Investigation on Energy-Saving Effect of Solar Building Based on Double Phase Change Material Layer Wallboard

Xiaoxiao Tong | Xingyao Xiong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5707264
  • - Editorial

Innovative Applications of Advanced Solar Thermal Technologies Using Phase Change Materials

Ben Xu | Juan Ordonez | ... | Hamidreza Shabgard
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8126318
  • - Research Article

Preliminary Estimate of Coriolis Force of Vapor Flow in Rotating Heat Pipes Based on Analytical Solution

Huanguang Wang | Qi Yu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6071589
  • - Research Article

Thermal Feature of a Modified Solar Phase Change Material Storage Wall System

Chenglong Luo | Lijie Xu | ... | Dan Sun
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7061826
  • - Research Article

Phase Distribution for Subcooled Flow Boiling in an Inclined Circular Tube

Wei Bao | JianJun Xu | ... | DianChuan Xing
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7492079
  • - Research Article

Influence of Gas-Liquid Interface on Temperature Wave of Pulsating Heat Pipe

Ying Zhang | Zhiqiang Wang | ... | Yanni Pan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6432047
  • - Research Article

Preparation and Thermal Properties of Eutectic Hydrate Salt Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage Material

Lin Liang | Xi Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2929473
  • - Research Article

Experimental Investigation on Thermal Management of Electric Vehicle Battery Module with Paraffin/Expanded Graphite Composite Phase Change Material

Jiangyun Zhang | Xinxi Li | ... | Guoqing Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5128345
  • - Research Article

Numerical Simulation of Bubble Free Rise after Sudden Contraction Using the Front-Tracking Method

Ying Zhang | Min Lu | ... | Peisheng Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6547203
  • - Research Article

Study on the Instability of Two-Phase Flow in the Heat-Absorbing Tube of Trough Solar Collector

Ying Zhang | Peiyao Liu | ... | Yanni Pan
International Journal of Photoenergy
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