Faculty mentor: Anthony Butterfield
This project investigated heat exchanger performance within Concentrated Solar Power Tower plants. While the current technology in use utilizes molten salt and superheated steam, this project replaced superheated steam with supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2). Given sCO2’s low critical point and high density, it has been hypothesized that the heat transfer rate should increase heat exchanger performance. This will aid in creating renewable energy solutions that are cost-effective and efficient.
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