Requirements for High-Temperature Air-Cooled Central Receivers

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The design of solar thermal central receivers will be shaped by the end user's need for energy. This paper identifies the requirements for receivers supplying heat for industrial processes or electric power generation in the temperature range 540 degrees - 1000 degrees C and evaluates the effects of the requirements on air-cooled central receivers. Potential IPH applications are identified aslarge baseload users that are located some distance; from the receiver. In the electric power application, the receiver must supply heat to a pressurized gas power cycle. The difficulty in providing cost-effective thermal transport and thermal storage for air-cooled receivers is a critical problem.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages7
    StatePublished - 1983

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-252-2030


    • air cooled central receivers
    • industrial processes
    • solar thermal central receivers


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