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HIGH FLUX THERMAL RECEIVER AND METHOD OF USE

United States Patent Application

20180010824
A1
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A thermal receiver, such as a solar flux thermal receiver, is disclosed comprising a modular arrangement of arrayed microchannels or micropins to heat a working fluid by heat transfer. Disclosed solar receivers provide a much higher solar flux and consequently a significant reduction in thermal losses, size, and cost, relative to known receivers. Unit cell receivers can be numbered up and combined in parallel to form modules, and modules combined to form full scale receivers.
Drost, Monte Kevin (Corvallis, OR), Apte, Sourabh (Corvallis, OR), L'Estrange, Thomas (Long Beach, CA), Narayanan, Vinod (Davis, CA), Rymal, Charles (Corvallis, OR), Truong, Eric (Corvallis, OR), Rasouli, Erfan (Davis, CA), Zada, Kyle Ryan (Corvallis, OR), Fronk, Brian M. (Corvallis, OR)
Oregon State University (Corvallis OR), Regents of the University of California (Davis CA)
15/ 642,164
July 5, 2017
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Award No. DE-EE0005801 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.