Chemical Looping Fluidized-Bed Concentrating Solar Power System and Method

Zhiwen Ma (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


A concentrated solar power (CSP) plant comprises a receiver configured to contain a chemical substance for a chemical reaction and an array of heliostats. Each heliostat is configured to direct sunlight toward the receiver. The receiver is configured to transfer thermal energy from the sunlight to the chemical substance in a reduction reaction. The CSP plant further comprises a first storage container configured to store solid state particles produced by the reduction reaction and a heat exchanger configured to combine the solid state particles and gas through an oxidation reaction. The heat exchanger is configured to transfer heat produced in the oxidation reaction to a working fluid to heat the working fluid. The CSP plant further comprises a power turbine coupled to the heat exchanger, such that the heated working fluid turns the power turbine, and a generator coupled to and driven by the power turbine to generate electricity.
Original languageAmerican English
Patent number9,702,348
Filing date11/07/17
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PT-5500-69101


  • concentrating solar power
  • CSP plant


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