Conceptualization and analysis of a novel combined sorption and phase-change material thermal storage system

Srinivas Garimella, Khoudor Keniar, Alexander S. Rattner, Girish Kini

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Abstract

A new sorption-based thermal storage cycle is proposed. Energy is stored chemically by separating the constituents of highly non-ideal solutions, yielding much lower stand-by losses than in conventional approaches. The cycle avoids limitations of previously proposed sorption-based storage cycles by using a liquid-liquid mixer, and does not require a thermal source during discharge. A criterion based on a second law analysis is developed to evaluate potential working fluids for the cycle. Different cycle configurations are analyzed. An enhanced combined sorption and phase-change material (PCM) cycle is also investigated and compared with conventional thermal storage systems. For delivering 100 GJ of energy after 8 months, the combined cycle has an efficiency of 11% and lower storage volumes (down to 0.1 ×) than conventional thermal storage technologies. The energy density of the combined sorption-PCM system is 30 kWh m 3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101745
JournalJournal of Energy Storage
Volume32
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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