Developing ammonia based thermochemical energy storage for dish power plants

K. Lovegrove*, A. Luzzi, I. Soldiani, H. Kreetz

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    156 Citations (Scopus)


    The Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University has completed an experimental solar-driven ammonia-based closed-loop thermochemical energy storage system. The system uses a cavity receiver containing 20 reactor tubes filled with iron based catalyst material, which collects the radiation from a 20 m2 dish solar concentrator. Reliable operation over a range of conditions including cloud transients has been demonstrated. Parallel theoretical investigations have established that maximising the potential for electrical power production from ammonia synthesis reactors, can largely be achieved through appropriate choice of average operating temperature in standard reactors. The possibility of operating the ammonia based system using trough concentrators has also been investigated theoretically, and the preliminary results indicate encouraging energy storage efficiencies in the region of 53%.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)331-337
    Number of pages7
    JournalSolar Energy
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


    Dive into the research topics of 'Developing ammonia based thermochemical energy storage for dish power plants'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this