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Solar thermal production of zinc: Program strategy

Abstract

The solar thermal production of zinc is considered for the conversion of solar energy into storable and transportable chemical fuels. The ultimate objective is to develop a technically and economically viable technology that can produce solar zinc. The program strategy for achieving such a goal involves research on two paths: a direct path via the solar thermal splitting of ZnO in the absence of fossil fuels, and an indirect path via the solar carbothermal/CH{sub 4}-thermal reduction of Zn O, with fossil fuels (coke or natural gas) as chemical reducing agents. Both paths make use of concentrated solar energy for high-temperature process heat. The direct path brings us to the complete substitution of fossil fuels with solar fuels for a sustainable energy supply system. The indirect path creates a link between today`s fossil-fuel-based technology and tomorrow`s solar chemical technology and builds bridges between present and future energy economies. (author) 1 fig., 15 refs.
Authors:
Steinfeld, A; Weidenkaff, A; Moeller, S; Palumbo, R [1] 
  1. Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
Aug 01, 1999
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
ETDE-CH-9901
Reference Number:
SCA: 140505; PA: CH-99:0E0004; EDB-99:090796; SN: 99002111446
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1999; Related Information: Is Part Of Paul Scherrer Institute Scientific Report 1998. Volume V: General Energy; Daum, C.; Leuenberger, J. [eds.]; PB: 121 p.
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; FUEL SUBSTITUTION; PARABOLIC DISH COLLECTORS; PROGRESS REPORT; SOLAR PROCESS HEAT; SOLAR THERMAL CONVERSION; ZINC
OSTI ID:
685661
Research Organizations:
Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)
Country of Origin:
Switzerland
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 1423-7342; Other: ON: DE99754426; TRN: CH99E0004
Availability:
OSTI as DE99754426
Submitting Site:
CH
Size:
pp. 8-9
Announcement Date:
Nov 02, 1999

Citation Formats

Steinfeld, A, Weidenkaff, A, Moeller, S, and Palumbo, R. Solar thermal production of zinc: Program strategy. Switzerland: N. p., 1999. Web.
Steinfeld, A, Weidenkaff, A, Moeller, S, & Palumbo, R. Solar thermal production of zinc: Program strategy. Switzerland.
Steinfeld, A, Weidenkaff, A, Moeller, S, and Palumbo, R. 1999. "Solar thermal production of zinc: Program strategy." Switzerland.
@misc{etde_685661,
title = {Solar thermal production of zinc: Program strategy}
author = {Steinfeld, A, Weidenkaff, A, Moeller, S, and Palumbo, R}
abstractNote = {The solar thermal production of zinc is considered for the conversion of solar energy into storable and transportable chemical fuels. The ultimate objective is to develop a technically and economically viable technology that can produce solar zinc. The program strategy for achieving such a goal involves research on two paths: a direct path via the solar thermal splitting of ZnO in the absence of fossil fuels, and an indirect path via the solar carbothermal/CH{sub 4}-thermal reduction of Zn O, with fossil fuels (coke or natural gas) as chemical reducing agents. Both paths make use of concentrated solar energy for high-temperature process heat. The direct path brings us to the complete substitution of fossil fuels with solar fuels for a sustainable energy supply system. The indirect path creates a link between today`s fossil-fuel-based technology and tomorrow`s solar chemical technology and builds bridges between present and future energy economies. (author) 1 fig., 15 refs.}
place = {Switzerland}
year = {1999}
month = {Aug}
}