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Energy and the Environment, 1999

ISSN:
1-56700-127-0 (Print)

EVALUATION AND SELECTION OF ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS FOR SOLAR THERMAL APPLICATIONS

Ibrahim Dincer
Department of Mechanical Engineering King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

Energy storage is one of the key technologies for energy conservation and therefore is of practical importance. One of its main advantages is that it is best suited for solar thermal applications. This study deals with a comprehensive discussion of the evaluation and the selection of sensible and latent heat storage technologies, systems and applications in the field of solar energy. Several issues relating to energy storage are examined from the current perspective. In addition, some criteria, techniques, recommendations, checklists on the selection, implementation and operation of energy storage systems are provided for the use energy engineers, scientists and policy makers.