Using Fluid Dynamics Technology for Concentrating Solar Power
Concentrating solar power (CSP) presents a viable and cost-effective technology for converting solar energy into electrical power, and is of particular interest as a sustainable energy solution in developing countries where year-round solar resources are available in abundance. The efficiency of a CSP plant can be improved by replacing the heat transfer fluid in the solar collectors with water in order to produce steam directly. However, a transient two-phase flow develops as the water boils in the solar collector, making reliable control and operation of the system challenging. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of the hydrodynamic and heat transfer characteristics of the boiling flow is required for optimal design and operation of direct steam generation CSP plants.
In her talk, Hannah Moran will describe the recent advances in the field of concentrating solar power, and her research into the fluid dynamics of such systems using state-of-the-art experimental techniques, such as advance laser diagnostics, and sophisticated computational fluid dynamics methods.
About the speaker:
Hannah Moran is a 3rd-year PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London working in the Matar Fluids Group and Clean Energy Processes Laboratory, led by Prof. Omar Matar and Prof. Christos Markides respectively. After obtaining her undergraduate degree at Imperial she worked as a Process Engineer at Shell for two years before starting her doctoral studies. Hannah is a Marit Mohn Scholar and her work is supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) [EP/P004709/1], and the Department for International Development (DFID) through the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative.
Continuing Professional Development
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18 Feb 2020
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Evening Lecture: 19:00 start