Thermal transport by design for fast and efficient solar thermochemical fuel production


This project aims at demonstrating the utility of the thermal transport by design approach to develop functionally graded reactive materials that allow for fast and efficient solar thermo-chemical fuel production. Prediction capabilities will be developed to optimise multi-scale radiative and gas transport coupled with non-stoichiometric redox reactions. Synthesis gas production will be demonstrated using the new structures in a prototype solar thermochemical reactor under high-flux irradiation. This project will advance the fields of thermal sciences and high-temperature solar thermochemical processing, and expand the engineering knowledge base to pave the way to sustainable transportation while preserving the existing infrastructure.


  1. W. Lipiński, J.H. Davidson, S. Haussener, J.F. Klausner, A.M. Mehdizadeh, J. Petrasch, A. Steinfeld, and L. Venstrom. Review of heat transfer research for solar thermochemical applications.Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, 5:021005, 2013.

    DOI: 10.1115/1.4024088

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