This project will investigate novel construction techniques for solar thermal towers, with a view to developing strategies for off-site construction and rapid deployment in high-insolation areas.
Aims & Objectives
- To reduce dependence on fossil fuel sources.
- To increase the viability of solar thermal towers as a renewable energy generation technology for urban areas across the full spectrum of development.
- To develop a novel solar thermal tower design with prolonged life span and increased resilience against UV radiation and seismic activity.
- To reduce the construction costs of large-scale solar thermal towers.
This project will begin by modelling the physical processes of the solar thermal tower, enabling us to design a viable system and predict expected power output. Research will be undertaken to establish the system's resilience to the harsh high-insolation environment, to various aggressive forces (e.g.: abrasion by wind-borne sand particles) and to a seismic event. Further design work will then be undertaken to increase the resilience of the system to these risks. The research will be validated by scale-model experiments.
- A low cost solar thermal tower which is accessible to technologically less developed countries.
- An off-site construction strategy with minimised deployment time.
- New analytical tools to analyse the novel solar thermal tower's resilience to various environmental factors.
- Functioning scale-model experiments to validate the models.