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Experimental evaluation of volumetric solar absorbers - ceramic foam vs. an innovative rotary disc absorber concept

: Zaversky, Fritz; Sánchez, Marcelino; Roldán, M. Isabel; Ávila-Marin, Antonio L.; Füssel, Alexander; Adler, Jörg; Knoch, Martin; Dreitz, Andreas


Mancilla, Rodrigo (Ed.) ; American Institute of Physics -AIP-, New York:
23rd SolarPACES 2017, International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems. Proceedings : 26-29 September 2017, Santiago, Chile
Woodbury, N.Y.: AIP, 2018 (AIP Conference Proceedings 2033)
ISBN: 978-0-7354-1757-1
Art. 040044, 10 pp.
International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES) <23, 2017, Santiago>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IKTS ()

This paper presents the experimental evaluation of two volumetric solar absorber concepts. It compares the thermal performance of conventional foam absorbers with that of an innovative rotary disc absorber design. The moving absorber showed advantages regarding air temperature stability at the outlet and better operability compared to the foam absorber. Unfortunately, it is shown that the innovative rotary disc design in its present form is not competitive, neither in terms of thermal performance, nor regarding mechanical reliability and robustness. The future task is therefore to optimize the mechanical design regarding thermal fatigue, in order to obtain a robust and durable rotary absorber that can be thoroughly evaluated experimentally.