An experimental study of a solar receiver for JEM experiment program

Hitoshi Naito, Tsutomu Fujihara, Takeshi Hoshino, Kunihisa Eguchi, Kotaro Tanaka, Hiroo Yugami

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Abstract

A fundamental study was performed to develop a high efficiency solar heat receiver system for a solar energy experiment mission on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) - Exposed Facility (EF) of the International Space Station (ISS). This system is aimed to transport solar thermal energy to a bottoming system with a high efficiency. It is composed of a solar heat absorber, thermal energy storage (TES) and heat pipes (HPs). Solar light of approximately 1.8 kW is concentrated on a focal plane of the absorber aperture, and then net thermal heat of 1.3 kW is transported to the HP and supplied to a bottoming element such as a Stirling engine alternator, an AMTEC and a furnace for material processing. Uniform heating of HPs were confirmed using secondary mirror and C/C composite receiver. One ground testing model of the solar receiver was designed and fabricated in 1998, and then experimentally evaluated at a test vacuum chamber of National Aerospace Laboratory. The receiver was heated uniformly and the good heat conduction at the interfaces (receiver-HP, and HP-TES) was confirmed. The periodic sunshine/sunshade mode occurs on the orbit JEM-EF of ISS. The thermal cycle test was performed to demonstrate sunshine/shade modes using the ground testing model. The temperatures of components changed periodically and the heat transfer rates of 100 W at sunshine mode and 75 W at sunshade mode were derived.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit 2000 - Las Vegas, NV
Duration: 2000 Jul 242000 Jul 28

Other

Other35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit 2000
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period00/7/2400/7/28

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Heat pipes
Thermal energy
Space stations
Experiments
Energy storage
Stirling engines
Testing
Heat conduction
Solar energy
Mirrors
Orbits
Furnaces
Hot Temperature
Vacuum
Heat transfer
Heating
Composite materials
Processing
Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Naito, H., Fujihara, T., Hoshino, T., Eguchi, K., Tanaka, K., & Yugami, H. (2000). An experimental study of a solar receiver for JEM experiment program. In 35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit

An experimental study of a solar receiver for JEM experiment program. / Naito, Hitoshi; Fujihara, Tsutomu; Hoshino, Takeshi; Eguchi, Kunihisa; Tanaka, Kotaro; Yugami, Hiroo.

35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit. 2000.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Naito, H, Fujihara, T, Hoshino, T, Eguchi, K, Tanaka, K & Yugami, H 2000, An experimental study of a solar receiver for JEM experiment program. in 35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit. 35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit 2000, Las Vegas, NV, 00/7/24.
Naito H, Fujihara T, Hoshino T, Eguchi K, Tanaka K, Yugami H. An experimental study of a solar receiver for JEM experiment program. In 35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit. 2000
Naito, Hitoshi ; Fujihara, Tsutomu ; Hoshino, Takeshi ; Eguchi, Kunihisa ; Tanaka, Kotaro ; Yugami, Hiroo. / An experimental study of a solar receiver for JEM experiment program. 35th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit. 2000.
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