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Experimental evaluation of volumetric solar absorbers – Ceramic foam vs. an innovative rotary disc absorber concept

Fritz Zaversky; Marcelino Sánchez; M. Isabel Roldán; Antonio L. Ávila-Marín; Alexander Füssel; Jörg Adler; Martin Knoch; Andreas Dreitz

This paper presents the experimental evaluation of two volumetric solar absorber concepts. It compares the
thermal performance of conventional foam absorbers with that of an innovative rotary disc absorber design. The moving
absorber showed advantages regarding air temperature stability at the outlet and better operability compared to the foam
absorber. Unfortunately, it is shown that the innovative rotary disc design in its present form is not competitive, neither in
terms of thermal performance, nor regarding mechanical reliability and robustness. The future task is therefore to
optimize the mechanical design regarding thermal fatigue, in order to obtain a robust and durable rotary absorber that can
be thoroughly evaluated experimentally.

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