Reseach Area Management: Dr. Thomas Bauer
This research group addresses the development of high temperature thermal energy storages based on molten salt technology for solar and conventional thermal power plants as well as industrial process heat applications. State-of-the-art molten salt systems operate between 170 °C and 560 °C with salts utilized as both heat transfer fluids and storage media.
One focus is on the development of molten salt storage systems for power plants with steam as the working fluid. New material concepts are being pursued in order to extend the aforementioned temperature range while new molten salt storage systems with lower capital costs and improved operational behaviour are under development. Further attention is also paid to the integration of molten salt storage systems.
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