SEMINAR: Advanced, Maintenance Free Thermal Energy Storage Systems
Thermal energy storage (TES) systems were developed under U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. NAVY ONR contracts. TES was seamlessly integrated with dish Stirling concentrating solar power (CSP) to enable the system operation during cloud transients and to provide dispatchable power. The TES module contains a high melting temperature phase-change material (PCM) (NaCl/NaF eutectic salt) between the solar thermal receiver and the generator with integrated heat pipes to maximize energy storage density. The innovative design of this TES allows simultaneous operation of the Stirling generator and PCM charging.
Dr., West Virginia University
After graduated and spending a year as a post-doc in the University of Minnesota Heat Transfer Laboratory, Dr. Songgang Qiu was hired by an R&D company to lead research projects and grow government funded programs and business. He has served as PI for more than three dozen programs funded by DOE, DoD (Army, Navy, Air Force), NASA, and the Penn State Applied Research Lab. He is currently a professor of Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University.