Solar thermo-chemical processes often require high temperatures that can be achieved by direct absorption of solar energy. The solid particle solar receiver can be used to heat ceramic particles that may serve as a heat transfer and storage medium or as a substrate on which chemical reaction may be performed directly. Using solid particles enclosed in a cavity to absorb concentrated solar radiation can provide efficient absorption of concentrated sunlight. In this work, different solid particle solar receiver designs have been investigated by using computation fluid dynamics (CFD) technique. The gas particle flow with the solid particle solar receiver was simulated by using two-way coupled Euler-Lagrange method. The direct illumination energy source that results from incident solar radiation was predicted by a solar load model using a solar ray tracing algorithm. The detailed information to guide the experiment, such as the particle and gas velocity, temperature, particle solid volume fraction, and cavity efficiency under different designs has been analyzed.

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