Corrosion in Thermal Storage Applications
Research Project, 2018 – 2023

Energy storage is one of the most pressing topics during the transition to “green” electricity. Thermal storage and heat transfer fluids have attracted attention since they can bridge novel and existing technologies. The general concept of deploying heat storage media is simply by thermally running gas turbines or conveying heat to households independent of the energy sources. Among the applications that utilize thermal storage could be concentrated solar power (CSP) or excess electricity to heat conversion from wind- or solar power. Water or gasses do not possess sufficiently high heat capacities for efficient thermal storage. On the other hand, Eutectic salt melts offer a large liquidus window, several hundred degrees.

Here, we work with eutectic molten salts for current and future thermal storage applications operating in a temperature window of 250 – 1000 °C. Our focus is on the compatibility between the thermal storage medium and the alloys used to contain it.

Specifically designed experimental setups that mimic conditions in thermal storage tanks and push stage-of-the-art alloys to their limits. These include stainless steels, Ni-based alloys and Fe(Ni)CrAls.

Alkali nitrates, including the so-called “Solar Salt”, alkali carbonates, and eutectic chlorides, have already been used in our setups for systematic performance analysis.

Participants

Christine Geers (contact)

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material

Esraa Hamdy Mohamedin

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material

Funding

VINNOVA

Project ID: Termisk SolEl
Funding Chalmers participation during 2018–2020

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Funding Chalmers participation during 2021–2023

Vinnova, Formas, Energimyndigheten

Project ID: via HTC
Funding Chalmers participation during 2018–2021

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2023-02-17