A comparison of fluidised bed solar receiver geometries

Mustafa Alqudah, Timothy Anderson, Jim Hinkley

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The fluidised bed solar receiver offers a novel method of capturing and harnessing solar energy for
utilization. Fluidised bed technology has been extensively studied for many high-temperature heat
transfer applications (particularly combustion) and so appears well suited for advanced CSP
systems, like tower and beam-down configurations. This could deliver extremely good heat transfer
capabilities that conventional receivers using solid particles or fluids flowing inside tubes may not
be able to achieve. Likewise, the fluidisation process could reduce the risk of overheated spots and
material deterioration due to the continuous particle movement, which helps maintain consistent
temperature profiles. Furthermore, the continuous circulation of particles conceivably avoids the
buildup of debris, thereby creating a self-cleaning mechanism (Arena, 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 05 Dec 202307 Dec 2023
https://apvi.org.au/solar-research-conference/ (Conference website)


Conference2023 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference
OtherThe APSRC provides a regional forum for communicating research outcomes covering all aspects of solar-related research: PV devices, concentrating solar thermal, deployment & integration, solar heating & cooling as well as solar fuels and chemistry. With the theme of information, communication and integration, the conference provides a great opportunity for young researchers and professionals to share knowledge and network with the region’s leading innovators from industry and research institutions.

The conference also provided a unique opportunity to combine the annual research reviews of Australia’s key solar research groups, representing researchers from around the region.
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