U.S. Department of Energy

Publications and Patents

As part of their DOE concentrating solar power projects, the following awardees developed more than a dozen patents and 100 articles and papers related to their research.  

Abengoa

Patents

  • "Impedance heater" U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/549,674.

Acciona

Publications

Argonne National Laboratory

Publications

eSolar

Publications

Halotechnics

Publications

Patents

  • "Molten Salt Material for Heat Transfer and Thermal Energy Storage," filed May 12, 2011, U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/485,491.
  • "Inorganic Salt Heat Transfer Fluid," filed April 18, 2011. U.S. Non-Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 13/088,605.

General Atomics

Publications

  • B. Wong, L. Brown, F. Schaube, R. Tamme, C. Sattler. "Oxide Based Thermochemical Heat Storage" in Proceedings of 15th Annual SolarPACES Conference, Perpignan, France, 2009.
  • R. Buckingham, B. Wong, L. Brown, C. Sattler, F. Schaube, A. Woerner. "Metal Oxide Based Thermochemical Energy Storage for Concentrated Solar Power – Thermodynamics and Parasitic Loads for Packed Bed Reactors," in Proceedings of 16th Annual SolarPACES Conference, Granada, Spain, 2010.

Lehigh University

Publications

  • W. Zhao, Y. Zheng, J.C. Sabol, A. Oztekin, S. Neti, K. Tuzla, W.M. Misiolek, J.C. Chen. "Thermal Energy Storage using Zinc as Encapsulated Phase Change Material.," in Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Denver, Colorado, November 11-17, 2011.
  • W. Zhao, A. Oztekin, S. Neti, K. Tuzla, W.M. Misiolek, J.C. Chen, J.C. "Thermal Analysis of Encapsulated Phase Change Materials for Energy Storage.," in Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Denver, Colorado, November 11-17, 2011.

Patents

  • "Encapsulated Phase Change Apparatus for Thermal Energy Storage," application filed April 21, 2011, Lehigh ref. no. LU 032910-01, Attorney Docket Ref. No. 137590.04801.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Publications

  • P.C. DeBurgomaster, S.J. Obrey, L.N. Lopez, L.N."Rational Tailoring of Functional Siloxanes for Enhanced Thermal Performance," Papers of the American Chemical Society, 2011.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Publications

Savannah River National Laboratory

Publications

Patents

  • "Nanoparticle Enhanced Ionic Liquid Heat Transfer Fluids," submitted to the USPTO September 16, 2011. Patent Application Serial No. US 13/234,284.

SkyFuel

Patents

  •  "Apparatus and Method for Building Linear Solar Collectors Directly from Rolls of Reflective Laminate Material," filed January 14, 2010, Patent Application Serial No. US 12/687,368.

Terrafore

Patents

  • "Thermal Energy Storage System Comprising Optimal Thermocline Management," filed November 12, 2010, Patent Application Serial No. US 12/945,350.
  • "Thermal Storage System," filed March 11, 2009, Patent Application Serial No. US 12/402,440.

Texas A&M

Publications

  • D. Shin, D. Banerjee, "Effects of Silica Nanoparticles on Enhancing the Specific Heat Capacity of Carbonate Salt Eutectic (work in progress)." International Journal of Structural Change in Solids – Mechanics and Applications, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 25-31, 2010.
  • D. Shin, D. Banerjee, "Enhanced Specific Heat of Silica Nanofluid," ASME Journal of Heat Transfer Vol. 133, No. 2, 4pp., 2011. 
  • D. Shin, D. Banerjee, "Enhancement of Specific Heat of High-Temperature Silica Nanofluids Synthesized in Alkali Chloride Salt Eutectics for Solar Thermal-Energy Storage Applications.," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer Vol. 54, No. 5-6, pp. 1064-1070, 2011.
  • N. Singh, V. Unnikrishnan, D. Banerjee, J.N. Reddy, "Analysis of Thermal Interfacial Resistance between Nanofins and Various Coolants." International Journal of Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics Vol 12, No. 5, pp. 254-260, 2011. 
  • D. Shin, D. Banerjee, "Enhanced Specific Heat Capacity of Nanomaterials Synthesized by Dispersing Silica Nanoparticles in Eutectic Mixtures," ASME Journal of Heat Transfer; January,  2012.
  • B. Jo, D. Banerjee, "Enhanced Specific Heat Capacity of Nanocomposites using Organic Nanoparticles," Paper IMECE2011-64001, in Proceedings of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 11-17, 2011, Denver, Colorado.
  • J. Yu, S. Kang, S. Jeon, D. Banerjee, "Investigation of Convective Heat Transfer of Aqueous Nanofluids in Microchannels Integrated with Temperature Nanosensors," Paper IMECE2011-64082, Proceedings of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Denver, Colorado, November 11-17, 2011.
  • B. Jo, S. Jung, D. Shin, and D. Banerjee, "Anomalous Rheological Behavior of Complex Fluids (Nanofluids)." Paper IMECE2011-64091, in Proceedings of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Denver, Colorado, November 11-17, 2011.
  • S. Jung, D. Banerjee, "A Simple Analytical Model for Specific Heat of Nanofluid with Tube Shaped and Disc Shaped Nanoparticles," Paper AJTEC2011-44372, ASME/JSME 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 13-17, 2011.
  • B. Jo, D. Banerjee, "Interfacial Thermal Resistance between a Carbon Nanoparticle and Molten Salt Eutectic: Effect of Material Properties, Particle Shapes and Sizes," Paper AJTEC2011-44373, in Proceedings of ASME/JSME 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 13-17, 2011.
  • S. Kang, S. Jeon, D. Banerjee. "Experimental Study of Thermal Performance of Nanofluids During Flow in Microchannels Using Surface Temperature-Nano-Sensors," Paper AJTEC2011-44374, in Proceedings of ASME/JSME 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 13-17, 2011.
  • D. Shin, D. Banerjee, "Experimental Investigation of Molten Salt Nanofluid for Solar Thermal Energy Application," Paper AJTEC2011-44375, in Proceedings of ASME/JSME 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 13-17, 2011.
  • D. Shin, D. Banerjee, "Enhancement of Heat Capacity of Molten Salt Eutectics Using Inorganic Nanoparticles for Solar Thermal Energy Applications," in Proceedings of the 35th International Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics & Composites (ICACC 2011), Daytona Beach, Florida, January 23-28, 2011.
  • S. Jung, D. Banerjee, "Enhancement of Heat Capacity of Nitrate Salts Using Mica Nanoparticles," in Proceedings of the 35th International Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics & Composites (ICACC 2011), Daytona Beach, Florida, January 23-28, 2011.
  • B. Jo, D. Banerjee, "Enhanced Viscosity of Aqueous Silica Nanofluids," in Proceedings of the 35th International Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics & Composites (ICACC 2011), Daytona Beach, Florida, January 23-28, 2011.
  • S. Jung, B. Jo, D. Shin, D. Banerjee, "Experimental Validation of a Simple Analytical Model for Specific Heat Capacity of Aqueous Nanofluids," Paper 2010-01-1731, in Proceedings of the SAE Power Systems Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, November 2-4, 2010.
  • S. Jeon, S. Kang, D. Banerjee, "Investigation of Thermal Characteristics of Nanofluids During Flow in a Micro-channel Using an Array of Surface Temperature-Nano-Sensors," Paper SAE-10PSC-0135, in Proceedings of SAE Power Systems Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, November 2-4, 2010.
  • D. Shin, D. Banerjee, "Enhanced Specific Heat Capacity of Molten Salt-Metal Oxide Nanofluid as Heat Transfer Fluid for Solar Thermal Applications," Paper SAE-10PSC-0136, SAE Power Systems Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, November 2-4, 2010.
  • N. Singh, D. Banerjee, "Thermal Analysis of Carbon Nanotubes Suspended in PAO Mixtures,"  Paper SAE-10PSC-0137, in Proceedings of SAE Power Systems Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, November 2-4, 2010.
  • N. Singh, D. Banerjee, "Investigation of Thermal Interfacial Resistance on Nano-Structures Using Molecular Dynamics," Paper IHTC14-22930, in Proceedings of 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, Washington, D.C., August 8-13, 2010.
  • Shin, D.; Jo, B.; Kwak, H.; and Banerjee, D. "Investigation of High Temperature Nanofluids for Solar Thermal Power Conversion and Storage Applications." Paper IHTC14-23296, 14th International Heat Transfer Conference; August 8-13, 2010, Washington, D.C.
  • Shin, D.; Banerjee, D. "Enhanced Thermal Properties of PCM Based Nanofluid For Solar Thermal Energy Storage." Paper ES2010-90293, ASME 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability; May 17-22, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Kwak, H.; Shin, D.; and Banerjee, D. "Enhanced Sensible Heat Capacity of Molten Salt Based Nanofluid For Solar Thermal Energy Storage Application." Paper ES2010-90295, ASME 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability; May 17-22, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Jo, B.; Banerjee, D. "Study of High Temperature Nanofluids using Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) for Solar Thermal Storage Applications." Paper ES2010-90299, ASME 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability; May 17-22, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Shin, D.; Banerjee, D. "Investigation of Nanofluids for Solar Thermal Storage Applications." Paper ES2009-90465, ASME Energy Sustainability Conference; July 20-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

University of Alabama

Publications

    University of Arkansas

    Publications

    • Skinner, J.; Brown, B.; Selvam, R.P. "Testing of High Performance Concrete as a Thermal Energy Storage Medium at High Temperatures." Paper ESFuelCell 2011-54463, Proceedings of ASME 2011 5th international Conference on Energy Sustainability;Aug. 7-10, 2011, Washington, DC.
    • John, E.E.; Hale, W. M.; Selvam, R.P. "Development of a High-Performance Concrete to Store Thermal Energy for Concentrating Solar Power Plants." Paper ESFuelCell 2011-54177, Proceedings of ASME 2011 5th international Conference on Energy Sustainability; Aug. 7-10, 2011, Washington, DC.
    • John, E.E.; Hale, W. M.; Selvam, R.P. "Effects of High Temperatures and Heating Rate on High Strength Concrete for Use as Thermal Energy Storage." Paper ES2010-90096, Proceedings of ASME 2010, 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability; May 17-22, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona.
    • Selvam, R.P.; Castro, M. "3D FEM Model to Improve the Heat Transfer in Concrete for Thermal Energy Storage in Solar Power Generation." Paper ES2010-90078, Proceedings of ASME 2010, 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability; May 17-22, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona.

    University of Connecticut

    Publications

    University of South Florida

    Publications

    • Pendyala, S., Sridharan, P., Kuravi, S., Jotshi, C.K., Ram, M.K., Rahman, R., Stefanakos, E., Goswami, D.Y. (2012) "Macroencapsulation of sodium nitrate for thermal energy storage in solar thermal power," Proceedings of the ASME 2012 6th Int'l Conf. on Energy Sustainability and 10th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conf. (ESFuelCell 2012), July 23-26, 2012, San Diego, CA.
    • Trahan, J., Kuravi, S., Goswami, D.Y., Rahman, M.M., Stefanakos, E. (2012) "Thermal characterization of high temperature inorganic phase change materials for thermal energy storage applications, Proceedings of the ASME 2012 6th Int'l Conf. on Energy Sustainability and 10th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conf. (ESFuelCell 2012), July 23-26, 2012, San Diego, CA.
    • Archibold-Ramos, A., Kuravi, S., Rahman, M.M., Goswami, D.Y., Stefanakos, E.K., Gonzalez-Aguilar, J., Romero, M. (2011) "Parametric Study of a Phase Change Thermal Storage Module," Proceedings of the ISES Solar World Congress 2011, August-September, 2011, Kassel, Germany.
    • Trahan, J., Bustamante, M., Kuravi, S., Goswami, D.Y., Rahman, M.M., Stefanakos, E.K. (2011) "Investigation of Li2CO3 and Na2CO3 eutectic as a high temperature phase change material for CSP Plants," Annual Florida Energy Systems Consortium Summit, Sept 27, 2011, Gainesville, FL.
    • Kuravi, S., Trahan, J., Rahman, M.M., Goswami, D.Y., Stefanakos, E.K. (2010) "Analysis of a Latent Thermal Energy Storage Module," Annual Florida Energy Systems Consortium Summit, September 28, 2010, Orlando, FL.
    • Kuravi, S., Trahan, J., Rahman, M.M., Goswami, D.Y., Stefanakos, E.K. (2010) "Analysis of Transient Heat Transfer in a Thermal Energy Storage Module," Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 12-18, 2010 Vancouver, B.C., Canada. CD ROM Volume, ISBN 978-0-7918-3891-4.

    Patents

    • "Method of Encapsulating a Phase Change Material With a Metal Oxide." US provisional patent application USF ID# 11A094, filed July 18, 2011; Ram (USF), Jotshi (USF), Stefanakos (USF), and Goswami (USF).

    US Solar Holdings

    Publications

    • Li, P.W.; Van Lew, J.; Karaki,W.; Chan, C.L., Stephens, J. "Analysis and Computation of the Heat Charge/Discharge Behavior in Packed Bed Thermal Storage Systems," Chapter 11 in Maher, A.R.; Sadiq, A.B.; Abdol Hamid, H.R., ed. CFD Applications in Energy and Environment Sectors, Vol. 1, published by International Energy and Environment Foundation (IEEF), 2011. ISBN 13: 978-1-46623-065-1.
    • Li, P.W.; Van Lew, J.; Karaki,W.; Chan, C.L. "Transient Heat Transfer and Energy Transport in Packed Bed Thermal Storage Systems," Chapter 20, in Developments in Heat Transfer, dos Santos Bernardes, M.A. ed. Intech Open Access Publisher, 2011. ISBN: 978-953-307-569-3.
    • Van Lew, J.; Li, P.W.; Chan, C.L.; Karaki,W.;  Stephens, J. "Analysis of Heat Storage and Delivery of a Thermocline Tank Having Solid Filler Material." ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 133, May 2011, 021003.
    • Van Lew, J.; Li, P.W.; Karaki,W.; Chan, C.L.; Stephens, J.; Wang, Q.; "Generalized Charts of Energy Storage Effectiveness for Thermocline Heat Storage Tank Design and Calibration." Solar Energy, 85, 2011; pp. 2130-2143.
    • Li, P.W.; Van Lew, J.; Chan, C.L.; Karaki,W.; Stephens, J.; O'Brien, J. E.; "Similarity and Generalized Analysis of Efficiencies of Thermal Energy Storage Systems." International Journal, Renewable Energy 39, 2012; pp. 388-402.
    • Karaki, A.; Van Lew, J.T.; Li, P.W.; Chan, C.L.; Stephens, J.; "Heat Transfer in Thermocline Storage System With Filler Materials: Analytical Model." Paper ES2010-90209, Proceedings of the ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability; May 17-22, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona.
    • Van Lew, J.; Li, P.W.; Chan, C.L.; Karaki,W.;  Stephens, J. "Transient Heat Delivery and Storage Process in a Thermocline Heat Storage System." Paper IMECE2009-11701, Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Mechanical Congress and Exposition; November 13-19, 2009, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
    • Karaki, W.; Li, P.; Van Lew, J.; Valmiki, M.M.; Chan, C.; Stephens, Jake; "Experimental Investigation of Thermal Storage Processes in a Thermocline Storage Tank." Paper ESFuelCell2011-54134, Proceedings of the ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability; August 7-10, 2011, Washington D.C.
    • Golob, M., et al.,"Development of a Novel Thermal Energy Storage System Using Sand as the Medium." ASES National Solar Conference; May 17-22, 2010; Phoenix, Arizona.
    • Golob, M.; Sadowski, D. "Heat Transfer From Flat Surfaces to Moving Sand." ASME ECTC Conference; October 1-2, 2010, Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Golob, M.; Jeter, S.; Sadowski, D. "Heat Transfer From Flat Surfaces to Moving Sand." Paper ESFuelCell2011, Proceedings of ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 9th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference; August 7-10, 2011, Washington, D.C.

    Patents

    • "Systems and Methods of Thermal Energy Storage (aka "Rotating Drum SandShifter")." Filing # 12/881,102, application #: 13305542 (continuation in part of filing #: 12/881,102).

    Wilson TurboPower

    Patents

    • "Brayton Cycle Concentrated Solar Power Generation Using a Low Pressure Solar Receiver." PCT International. Filed September 16, 2011. PCT/US2011/052051.
    • "Heat Recovery in a Concentrated Solar Power Generation System." U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/383,570, filed September 16, 2010.
    • "Low Pressure Solar Receivers for Concentrated Solar Power Generation." U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/383,608, filed September 16, 2010.
    • "Secondary Concentrators for Concentrated Solar Power Generation." U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/383,619, filed September 16, 2010.
    • "Solar Power Generation Systems and Method With Modularized Components." U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/383,631, filed September 16, 2010.
    • "Concentrated Solar Power Generation Using Pressurized Solar Receivers Comprising Single Crystal Nickel." U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/383,598, filed September 16, 2010.