Solar Thermochemical Reactor – Efficient Production of Fuels from Sunlight
University of Minnesota, Minnesota, United States
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a solar thermochemical reactor which produces syngas (a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide) from concentrated solar energy, water, carbon dioxide and a catalyst. The reactor has the potential to be 10 times more efficient than current reactor designs.
Primary Application Area: Renewable & Hydrogen Energy
Technology Development Status: Concept
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: Solar thermochemical approaches to producing liquid fuels have been considered for many decades but have not been adopted because the reactor efficiency is too low. This technology has the potential to solve the low efficiency problem that has hindered implementation of solar thermochemical reactors.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 716
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: DOE ARPA-E (http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-projects/solar-thermochemical-fuels-production)
Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, University
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners