Design of thermal energy storage systems, covering both latent and thermochemical, optimization of charge discharge behaviour, high conductivity composites and novel designs
I have been a researcher in thermal energy storage for past 10 years and recently wrote an invited review on the topic for the journal "Solar Energy". I have proposed several novel designs for heat exchange and I am an expert in high conductivity composites. Using this knowledge I am currently optimizing the cost and energy density of latent heat thermal stores for both high and low temperature applications. This will allow rapid discharge during phase change which offers high energy density by utilizing graphite nano-materials.
There is a market gap for two technologies which I am developing: first commoditizing solar energy through low cost capture, storage and transport. Secondly energy storage and upgrading of low quality waste heat by increasing its temperature. The solution to both of these needs is thermochemical energy storage. I am developing a composite material which will react at low temperature (ie waste heat or direct sunlight), converting into an inert and transportable (energy densities close to brown coal) compound that is indefinitely stable. This can be transported anywhere and the reverse reaction can be run at elevated temperatures to deliver high grade heat using a fluidized bed.