A novel design of a high-temperature pressurized solar air receiver for power generation via combined Brayton-Rankine cycles is proposed. It consists of an annular reticulate porous ceramic (RPC) bounded by two concentric cylinders. The inner cylinder, which serves as the solar absorber, has a cavity-type configuration and a small aperture for the access of concentrated solar radiation. Absorbed heat is transferred by conduction, radiation, and convection to the pressurized air flowing across the RPC. A 2D steady-state energy conservation equation coupling the three modes of heat transfer is formulated and solved by the finite volume technique and by applying the Rosseland diffusion, P1, and Monte Carlo radiation methods. Key results include the temperature distribution and the thermal efficiency as a function of the geometrical and operational parameters. For a solar concentration ratio of 3000 suns, the outlet air temperature reaches 1000°C at 10 bars, yielding a thermal efficiency of 78%.

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