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dc.contributor.authorSheppard, D.
dc.contributor.authorHumphries, Terry
dc.contributor.authorBuckley, C.
dc.identifier.citationSheppard, D. and Humphries, T. and Buckley, C. 2016. Sodium-based hydrides for thermal energy applications. Applied Physics A. 122: Article ID 406.

Concentrating solar–thermal power (CSP) with thermal energy storage (TES) represents an attractive alternative to conventional fossil fuels for base-load power generation. Sodium alanate (NaAlH4) is a well-known sodium-based complex metal hydride but, more recently, high-temperature sodium-based complex metal hydrides have been considered for TES. This review considers the current state of the art for NaH, NaMgH3-xFx, Na-based transition metal hydrides, NaBH4 and Na3AlH6 for TES and heat pumping applications. These metal hydrides have a number of advantages over other classes of heat storage materials such as high thermal energy storage capacity, low volume, relatively low cost and a wide range of operating temperatures (100 °C to more than 650 °C). Potential safety issues associated with the use of high-temperature sodium-based hydrides are also addressed.

dc.titleSodium-based hydrides for thermal energy applications
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleApplied Physics A

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curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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