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Metal hydrides for concentrating solar thermal power energy storage

Sheppard, D. A.; Paskevicius, M.; Humphries, T. D.; Felderhoff, M.; Capurso, G.; Bellosta von Colbe, J.; Dornheim, M.; Klassen, T.; Ward, P. A.; Teprovich, J. A.; Corgnale, C.; Zidan, R.; Grant, D. M.; Buckley, C. E.

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D. A. Sheppard

M. Paskevicius

T. D. Humphries

M. Felderhoff

G. Capurso

J. Bellosta von Colbe

M. Dornheim

T. Klassen

P. A. Ward

J. A. Teprovich

C. Corgnale

R. Zidan

Professor of Materials Science

C. E. Buckley


The development of alternative methods for thermal energy storage is important for improving the efficiency and decreasing the cost for Concentrating Solar-thermal Power (CSP). We focus on the underlying technology that allows metal hydrides to function as Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems and highlight the current state-of-the-art materials that can operate at temperatures as low as room-temperature and as high as 1100 oC. The potential of metal hydrides for thermal storage is explored while current knowledge gaps about hydride properties, such as hydride thermodynamics, intrinsic kinetics and cyclic stability, are identified. The engineering challenges associated with utilising metal hydrides for high-temperature thermal energy storage are also addressed.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 14, 2016
Publication Date Apr 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 21, 2016
Journal Applied Physics A
Print ISSN 0947-8396
Electronic ISSN 1432-0630
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 122
Issue 4
Article Number 395
Public URL
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