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1. (WO2017151606) MODULAR THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/151606    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/019939
Publication Date: Sat Sep 09 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Mar 01 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: F28D 17/00
F28D 17/04
F28D 20/00
F28D 20/02
Applicants: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Inventors: WIRZ, Richard, E.
WELLS, Parker, A.
Title: MODULAR THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM
Abstract:
A thermal energy storage (TES) system includes a plurality of closely packed TES modules, each TES module having a shell enclosing a plurality of sealed tubes that each contain a TES media. A computer-controlled flow control system includes a flow distributor, for example a flow distributor having a plenum configured to receive a heat transfer fluid (HTF), and a plurality of control valves controlled by the computer to controllably distribute the HTF from the plenum to the plurality of TES modules. Sensor data from the TES modules, for example temperature, pressure, and/or flow data, is provided to the computer. In some embodiments the plenum includes two or more compartments with separate HTF flow ports, which may be provided to the controller at different temperatures.