Concentrated solar thermalProject Improved High-Temperature Receivers for Dish Concentrators
This report details the project aim to develop a highly-efficient receiver suitable for a dish concentrator.
In this project, a new receiver was designed, built and tested on the 500 m² ‘SG4’ Big Dish at ANU. This open cavity receiver has a capacity of 450 kWth, and converts focussed radiation into superheated steam with a theoretical efficiency of 98.7%. Very good agreement been experimental and theoretical efficiencies were found during the testing program in Nov-Dec 2015. Apart from testing result, the project has resulted in a reusable set of design tools that ANU will adopt on several other current projects. A potential commercial partner has been identified, and it is hoped that the new receiver will form part of commercial systems in the near future.