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HIGH-DENSITY, HIGH-TEMPERATURE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL

United States Patent Application

20150060008
A1
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A thermal energy storage (TES) system that uses an elemental material (e.g., elemental sulfur) as an energy storage material is disclosed. The energy storage material is separately stored from a heat transfer fluid. For example, the energy storage material can be sealed within one or more corrosion-resistant containers that are further contained within an outer shell. A heat transfer fluid flows through the shell via an inlet and an outlet, over and around the containers. A TES system may include an energy source that receives thermal energy intermittently, and a steam generator.
Wirz, Richard E. (Los Angeles, CA), Stopin, Antoine Philippe Pierre (Los Angeles, CA), Tse, Louis A. (Los Angeles, CA), Lavine, Adrienne G. (Los Angeles, CA), Kavehpour, Hossein Pirouz (Los Angeles, CA), Lakeh, Reza Baghaei (Los Angeles, CA), Furst, Benjamin I. (Los Angeles, CA), Bran, Gabriela (Los Angeles, CA), Garcia-Garibay, Miguel A. (Los Angeles, CA)
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (Oakland CA)
14/ 475,479
September 2, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AR0000140, awarded by the United States Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Administration--Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.