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Systems and methods for direct thermal receivers using near blackbody configurations

United States Patent

9,945,585
April 17, 2018
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An aspect of the present disclosure is a receiver for receiving radiation from a heliostat array that includes at least one external panel configured to form an internal cavity and an open face. The open face is positioned substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis and forms an entrance to the internal cavity. The receiver also includes at least one internal panel positioned within the cavity and aligned substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis, and the at least one internal panel includes at least one channel configured to distribute a heat transfer medium.
Wagner; Michael (Highlands Ranch, CO), Ma; Zhiwen (Golden, CO), Martinek; Janna (Lafayette, CO), Neises; Ty (Broomfield, CO), Turchi; Craig (Lakewood, CO)
Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
14/ 714,030
20150330668
May 15, 2015
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN 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.