Solar Thermal Energy Storage Vessel

Period of Performance: 01/01/2009 - 12/31/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Portland, IN 47371
Principal Investigator
Firm POC


Historically, the collection and conversion of sunlight into stored energy has been too limited and too inefficient to take advantage of this abundant, renewable resource. Mathematical modeling of a new proprietary medium mixture indicates very high conversion efficiencies from sunlight into a storable form of high temperature solar energy. The purpose of this research is to construct a test vessel to rigorously quantify the storage capability of our solar energy vessel and to validate our mathematical models of the storage media. This new technology can be constructed of simple, inexpensive materials and efficiently store solar energy. This stored energy can be used in multiple applications, with our initial emphasis being HVAC. The energy savings would be tremendous for industrial, commercial and residential applications, including rural operations. It is our belief that our storage vessel would allow solar energy to replace current fossil fuel usage, saving the agricultural producer thousands of dollars annually. The potential for increased profitability and the resulting reduction in consumer pricing makes this a very important project. Additionally important is the great potential for job creation upon commercialization of this project. There is an abundant global marketplace for this product, due to the proliferation of solar energy products in use worldwide. Our Solar Thermal Storage Vessel will answer the universal problem of all solar thermal energy products, which is its inability to perform in non-solar hours.