Patent Number: 8,875,510

Title: Solar receiver

Abstract: A solar receiver includes a cavity that is operable to receive concentrated solar energy and a heat exchanger in thermal-receiving communication with the cavity. The heat exchanger includes a plurality of thermal capacitors. Each of the plurality of thermal capacitors has a regular geometry. The plurality of thermal capacitors defines open flow passages there between and at least two of the plurality of thermal capacitors have a different size. The plurality of thermal capacitors has a packing factor of greater than 74% with regard to the volume of the heat exchanger.

Inventors: McEnerney; Bryan William (Canoga Park, CA), Zillmer; Andrew J. (Canoga Park, CA), Kudija, Jr.; Charles Thomas (Canoga Park, CA)

Assignee: Aerojet Rocketdyne of DE, Inc.

International Classification: F03G 6/00 (20060101); F24J 2/34 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00