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Title: Modular thermal energy storage system

Abstract

A thermal energy storage (TES) system includes a plurality of closely packed TES modules, each TES module having a shell enclosing a plurality of sealed tubes that each contain a TES media. A computer-controlled flow control system includes a flow distributor, for example a flow distributor having a plenum configured to receive a heat transfer fluid (HTF), and a plurality of control valves controlled by the computer to controllably distribute the HTF from the plenum to the plurality of TES modules. Sensor data from the TES modules, for example temperature, pressure, and/or flow data, is provided to the computer. In some embodiments the plenum includes two or more compartments with separate HTF flow ports, which may be provided to the controller at different temperatures.

Inventors:
;
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of California, Oakland, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
OSTI Identifier:
1771711
Patent Number(s):
10859324
Application Number:
16/083,450
Assignee:
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F28 - HEAT EXCHANGE IN GENERAL F28D - HEAT-EXCHANGE APPARATUS, NOT PROVIDED FOR IN ANOTHER SUBCLASS, IN WHICH THE HEAT-EXCHANGE MEDIA DO NOT COME INTO DIRECT CONTACT
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
DOE Contract Number:  
AR0000140
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 02/28/2017
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Wirz, Richard E., and Wells, Parker A. Modular thermal energy storage system. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Wirz, Richard E., & Wells, Parker A. Modular thermal energy storage system. United States.
Wirz, Richard E., and Wells, Parker A. Tue . "Modular thermal energy storage system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1771711.
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