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Title: Semi-transparent solar energy thermal storage device

Abstract

A visually transmitting solar energy absorbing thermal storage module includes a thermal storage liquid containment chamber defined by an interior solar absorber panel, an exterior transparent panel having a heat mirror surface substantially covering the exterior surface thereof and associated top, bottom and side walls, Evaporation of the thermal storage liquid is controlled by a low vapor pressure liquid layer that floats on and seals the top surface of the liquid. Porous filter plugs are placed in filler holes of the module. An algicide and a chelating compound are added to the liquid to control biological and chemical activity while retaining visual clarity. A plurality of modules may be supported in stacked relation by a support frame to form a thermal storage wall structure.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Ames, IA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA; Iowa State University, Ames, IA (US)
OSTI Identifier:
865483
Patent Number(s):
4523577
Application Number:
06/405,067
Assignee:
Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. (Ames, IA) AMES
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-82
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
semi-transparent; solar; energy; thermal; storage; device; visually; transmitting; absorbing; module; liquid; containment; chamber; defined; interior; absorber; panel; exterior; transparent; heat; mirror; surface; substantially; covering; associated; top; bottom; walls; evaporation; controlled; vapor; pressure; layer; floats; seals; porous; filter; plugs; placed; filler; holes; algicide; chelating; compound; added; control; biological; chemical; activity; retaining; visual; clarity; plurality; modules; supported; stacked; relation; support; frame; form; wall; structure; liquid layer; storage module; stacked relation; storage liquid; support frame; top surface; storage device; solar energy; vapor pressure; wall structure; thermal storage; exterior surface; storage wall; porous filter; chamber defined; energy absorbing; pressure liquid; mirror surface; surface substantially; substantially cover; substantially covering; solar absorber; semi-transparent solar; chemical activity; liquid containment; visually transmitting; transparent panel; transmitting solar; heat mirror; interior solar; exterior transparent; energy thermal; absorbing thermal; absorber panel; containment chamber; /126/52/165/

Citation Formats

McClelland, John F. Semi-transparent solar energy thermal storage device. United States: N. p., 1985. Web.
McClelland, John F. Semi-transparent solar energy thermal storage device. United States.
McClelland, John F. Tue . "Semi-transparent solar energy thermal storage device". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/865483.
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author = {McClelland, John F.},
abstractNote = {A visually transmitting solar energy absorbing thermal storage module includes a thermal storage liquid containment chamber defined by an interior solar absorber panel, an exterior transparent panel having a heat mirror surface substantially covering the exterior surface thereof and associated top, bottom and side walls, Evaporation of the thermal storage liquid is controlled by a low vapor pressure liquid layer that floats on and seals the top surface of the liquid. Porous filter plugs are placed in filler holes of the module. An algicide and a chelating compound are added to the liquid to control biological and chemical activity while retaining visual clarity. A plurality of modules may be supported in stacked relation by a support frame to form a thermal storage wall structure.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1985},
month = {6}
}

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