High-temperature latent heat storage for concentrating solar thermal (CST) systems

K. Nithyanandam1, J. Stekli2, and R. Pitchumani3     1University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California, United States     2United States Department of Energy, ​Washington, D.C., United States     3Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States


This chapter focuses on latent heat storage (LHS) technology that involves storing thermal energy in the form of latent heat of fusion of phase change material (PCM). The chapter begins with a brief introduction to some of the fundamental properties, advantages and limitations of LHS system. The general challenges for LHS such as PCM selection, corrosion and containment compatibility, system ...

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