Preparation of nanofluids based on solar salt and boehmite nanoparticles: Characterization of starting materials
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Author/sMuñoz-Sánchez, Belen; Nieto-Maestre, Javier; Iparraguirre-Torres, Iñigo; Sanchez-Garcia, Jose Angel; Julia, Jose Enrique; [et al.]
thermal energy storage
A nanofluid composed of Solar Salt (SS) and boehmite nanoparticles (A) in a concentration of 1% by weight, is proposed as thermal storage medium for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants. A wide characterization of the raw materials has been done, focused on their thermal stability and the nanoparticle primary size and shape among other properties such as its specific heat and crystalline structure. Some features of the final nanofluids have been also investigated: thermal stability, nanoparticle sizes and their distribution and specific heat. The showed results confirm that these materials are thermally stable in the working temperature range both individually and combined. In addition, the synthesis procedure implemented is effective to keep the nanoparticle sizes in the nanometric range (<100 nm). These findings mean the first step to carry on research and characterization of this nanofluid.