Innovative heat storage concrete systems for solar power plants under medium and high temperatures

V.A. Salomoni, C.E. Majorana, G.M. Giannuzzi

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Abstract

The development of new technologies for solar energy exploitations is a main target for industrialized countries interested in medium-to-long term production of low cost electrical energy with reduced emissions. In fact, many solar energy plants have been designed and are currently under testing all over the world (USA, Australia. Israel, Spain, Egypt, Morocco, etc.). The Italian law n. 388/2000 assigned to ENEA the mission to develop an R&D program of systems able to take advantage of solar energy as a heat source at high temperature. A research program developed within two steps has been proposed: the first one deals with medium temperatures (about 550°Q, aimed to produce electrical energy, the second one is focused on the production of hydrogen by mean of thermo-chemical processes at temperatures above 800°C. Within the medium temperature field an innovative approach is here presented for the conceptual design of liquid salts concrete storage systems. Investigations about the hygro-thermo-mechanical behaviour coupled with damage and creep phenomena for concrete tanks subjected to a continuous heat source are presented, with the aim of assessing concrete durability in terms of prolonged thermal loads.© 2009 Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event8th International Conference on Creep, Shrinkage and Durability Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures - , Japan
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

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Conference8th International Conference on Creep, Shrinkage and Durability Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures
CountryJapan
Period1/1/09 → …

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  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Salomoni, V. A., Majorana, C. E., & Giannuzzi, G. M. (2009). Innovative heat storage concrete systems for solar power plants under medium and high temperatures. Paper presented at 8th International Conference on Creep, Shrinkage and Durability Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, Japan.