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Welcome to the Georgia Tech’s Scalable Thermal Energy Engineering Lab (STEEL) Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power (Gen3 CSP) database. The Gen3 CSP program was initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office in 2018 to advance high-temperature concentrating solar energy power technologies and reduce cost of CSP systems by increasing efficiency.1 The members of the STEEL Gen3 CSP team focused on measuring thermophysical  properties of potential heat transfer medias and containment materials for this new CSP system. This database holds all of the thermal property measurements collected by the STEEL Gen3 CSP team. Along with interactive graphs, this database includes downloadable MS-Excel files of all data and standards used when collecting measurements.

The tools used for these measurements include: Netzsch LFA 467 HT Hyperflash,2 Netzsch STA 449 F3 Jupiter,3 and a custom electrothermal immersion probe that utilized the 3 omega technique to measure the thermal conductivity and volumetric specific heat of heat transfer media.


1.  https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/generation-3-concentrating-solar-power-systems-gen3-csp
2. https://analyzing-testing.netzsch.com/en/products/thermal-diffusivity-and-conductivity/lfa-467-ht-hyper-flash
3. https://analyzing-testing.netzsch.com/en/products/simultaneous-thermogravimetry-differential-scanning-calorimetry-sta-tg-dsc/sta-449-f3-jupiter