Solar Thermal Energy Generating System | Engineering Clinic

Overview

Project Code: 17111
Project Title: Solar Thermal Energy Generating System
Project Type: Faculty
Project Intellectual Property: University Controlled
Project Citizenship Restriction: No

Project Details

Sponsor Company: UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Description: Project goal: To design a solar energy plant that uses directed sunlight to produce electricity with zero emissions. The plant uses sustainable technology and renewable energy to produce electricity. The design includes solar arrays that direct sunlight to heat molten salt in a closed pipe circuit. The molten salt passes through a heat exchanger that transfers the heat to carbon dioxide. The super-critical carbon dioxide is used to spin a turbine, creating usable electricity. This system does not use water in any form for electricity generation, and can operate during the night due to a storage system that retains the heat of the molten salt.