Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Thermal Storage of Solar Energy

News comes from Madrid Spain of a method that utilizes silicon to store solar energy as heat.  Heated silicon gives off thermal radiation to TPV converters, with no moving parts, that convert one hundred times more output per cell than typical solar cells, allowing for much more dense storage compared to  currently-used phase-change salt, and other thermal methods.

Detail here:   http://newatlas.com/cheap-solar-energy-molten-silicon/45833/

Here is the abstract of the original paper, published in ScienceDirect, by the research team:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544216304546

The Madrid team formed a company, SILSTORE, to commercialize the process.

Thermal Storage of Solar Energy

News comes from Madrid Spain of a method that utilizes silicon to store solar energy as heat.  Heated silicon gives off thermal radiation to converters, with no moving parts, that convert one hundred times more output per cell than typical solar cells, allowing for much more dense storage compared to phase-change salt, and other methods.

Detail here:   http://newatlas.com/cheap-solar-energy-molten-silicon/45833/

Here is the abstract of the original paper, published in ScienceDirect, by the research team:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544216304546