ANU Solar Thermal Group
Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
The Australian National University Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia
Wojciech Lipiński is Professor and the Leader of the Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University. He obtained his MSc Eng degree from Warsaw University of Technology (2000), and doctorate (2004) and habilitation (2009) from ETH Zurich. His research interests are in radiative transfer, reactive flows, energy materials and concentrated solar energy systems. Lipiński has published over 130 journal and conference articles, and contributed to several books, edited books and e-books. He was awarded the 2006 Hilti Award for Innovative Research from ETH Zurich, the College of Science and Engineering 2010–2011 Outstanding Professor Award from the University of Minnesota, and the 2013 Elsevier/JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Award in Radiative Transfer. He is Associate Editor of Solar Energy and Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, and serves on the editorial board of Computational Thermal Sciences. He is a member of the Scientific Council and the Executive Committee of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, as well as a member of ASME, AIChE, AIAA, and several other professional societies.
High-flux solar irradiation obtained with optical concentrators is an excellent source of clean process heat for high-temperature physical and chemical processing. Solar thermal power, the area that has traditionally driven developments in concentrating solar technologies, experiences renewed research interests, primarily in the context of large-scale dispatchable power generation. The area of solar thermochemistry aims at direct thermochemical production of chemical fuels and commodity materials. Cheap and efficient solar production of synthesis gas, the precursor to synthetic drop-in hydrocarbon fuels such as petrol, diesel and kerosene, is an intriguing approach to transform today's fossil-based to tomorrow’s renewable-based transportation sector. In the most ambitious scenario, synthesis gas is obtained from sunlight, water and recycled carbon dioxide. This presentation gives an overview of recent developments in high-temperature solar thermal processing, from basic research to technology applications.
Monday, December 16, 2019
Auditorium, IMDEA Energy Institute