Advanced Ceramic Materials and Packaging Technologies for Realizing Sensors for Concentrating Solar Power Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-13ER90466
Agency Tracking Number: 88083
Amount: $149,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 05d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
515 Courtney Way Suite B, Lafayette, CO, -
DUNS: 128688111
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yiping Liu
 (303) 516-9075
Business Contact
 Michael Usrey
Title: Dr.
Phone: (303) 516-9075
Research Institution
Advancements are needed to improve and optimize the performance of existing and future concentrating solar power (CSP) plants by developing and improving the reliability of advanced instrumentation. A need has been identified for improved pressure, temperature, flow and level sensors for existing and emerging CSP heat transfer and thermal storage fluids. The technical challenges of developing such sensors include: small size, high reliability, and harsh environment operation including very high temperatures (6001300oC) and highly corrosive environments. Sporian proposes to work with eSolar to develop such small, high reliability, high temperature operable, corrosion resistant sensors, based on leveraging Sporians past experience with high temperature sensors and packaging, and facilitative ceramic electronics packaging technologies. The Phase I effort will include materials experimental evaluation, design development, and proof of feasibility prototype demonstration. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The proposed sensor has the potential to improve the efficiency and economic viability of CSP systems. This, in turn, will help realize the full potential of CSP to provide clean, sustainable electric power and to enhance Americas energy independence. These high temperature sensors could have a variety of additional applications for nuclear power generation, fossil fuel power generation, concentrating solar fuels, and transportation systems.

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