Introduction: Thermal Solar
By using thermal transfer fluids I am able to achieve higher temperatures for energy storage. This coupled with tube nest heat exchangers allows me to explore and realize a wide variety of applications. Examples are curing ovens for powder coating, wood drying kilns, air conditioning and heating, sterling engines, low pressure steam generation, and even distilling to name a few. Use of an industrial PLC allows for cost effective control of the system.
The prototype is 75% complete and has been constructed with over 80% salvaged materials and equipment from industrial discards. I have developed and tested a self tuning tracking system for the parabolic dish and am currently constructing 3 different collection heads for evaluation. Most items required for completion have been obtained and are being refurbished for service. The prototype model is on track for dynamic testing by end of October this year. I would use the prize money to acquire the remaining materials and complete the small machining center used for making special parts.