Solar Thermal Conversion

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The thermal conversion process of solar energy is based on well-known phenomena of heat transfer (Kreith 1976). In all thermal conversion processes, solar radiation is absorbed at the surface of a receiver, which contains or is in contact with flow passages through which a working fluid passes. As the receiver heats up, heat is transferred to the working fluid which may be air, water, oil, or amolten salt. The upper temperature that can be achieved in solar thermal conversion depends on the insolation, the degree to which the sunlight is concentrated, and the measures taken to reduce heat losses from the working fluid.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages31
    StatePublished - 1982

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-281-1846


    • electricity
    • renewable energy (RE)
    • solar power towers
    • thermal conversion


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