Achieving quasi-isothermal air compression with multistage compressors for large-scale energy storage

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Abstract

The round trip efficiency of compressed air for energy storage is greatly limited by the significant increase in the temperature of the compressed air (and the resulting heat loss) in high-ratio adiabatic compression. This paper introduces a multi-stage compression scheme with low-compression-ratio compressors and inter-compressor natural convection cooling resulting in a quasi-isothermal compression process that can be useful for large-scale energy storage. When many low pressure ratio compressors work inline, a high overall compression ratio can be achieved with high efficiency. The quasi-isothermally compressed air can then be expanded adiabatically in turbines to generate power with the addition of thermal energy, from either fuel or a solar thermal source. This paper presents mathematical models of such an energy storage system and discusses its round-trip performance with different operating schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2013 7th Int. Conf. on Energy Sustainability Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. and the ASME 2013 11th Int. Conf. on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, ES 2013
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
EventASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2013 Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Jul 14 2013Jul 19 2013

Publication series

NameASME 2013 7th Int. Conf. on Energy Sustainability Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. and the ASME 2013 11th Int. Conf. on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, ES 2013

Other

OtherASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2013 Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period7/14/137/19/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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    Wang, K., Li, P., & Arabyan, A. (2013). Achieving quasi-isothermal air compression with multistage compressors for large-scale energy storage. In ASME 2013 7th Int. Conf. on Energy Sustainability Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. and the ASME 2013 11th Int. Conf. on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, ES 2013 [V001T02A001] (ASME 2013 7th Int. Conf. on Energy Sustainability Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. and the ASME 2013 11th Int. Conf. on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, ES 2013). https://doi.org/10.1115/ES2013-18008