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SOLAR THERMOELECTRICITY VIA ADVANCED LATENT HEAT STORAGE

United States Patent Application

20170102192
A1
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An aspect of the present disclosure is a system that includes a thermal valve having a first position and a second position, a heat transfer fluid, and an energy converter where, when in the first position, the thermal valve prevents the transfer of heat from the heat transfer fluid to the energy converter, and when in the second position, the thermal valve allows the transfer of heat from the heat transfer fluid to the energy converter, such that at least a portion of the heat transferred is converted to electricity by the energy converter.
Olsen, Michele L. (Arvada, CO), Toberer, Eric S. (Golden, CO), Ginley, David Samuel (Evergreen, CO), Parilla, Philip A. (Lakewood, CO), Warren, Emily L. (Golden, CO), Martinez, Aaron Daniel (Arvada, CO), Rea, Jonathan E. (Lakewood, CO), Hardin, Corey Lee (Cupertino, CA), Oshman, Christopher J. (Golden, CO), Siegel, Nathan P. (Lewisburg, PA)
15/ 290,051
October 11, 2016
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.