The FSPOT-X Project, focused on maximizing exergy generated from AM1.5 sunlight, targets an overall system efficiency of >35%. The objective hybrid power system will deliver grid-ready AC power while simultaneously providing thermal energy storage for dispatchable electrical power generation in post sunset conditions. The challenging system-level requirements flow-down critical temperature differential and thermal transport requirements to multiple system components and their interfaces. By integrating and demonstrating multiple technologies, the FSPOT-X hybrid power system seeks to efficiently convert photons to electrons maximizing heat transfer efficiency across system element interfaces. These include: I1) capturing all incident sunlight from the solar concentrator in a receiver cavity to maximize energy generation from the CPV cells, I2) extracting PV thermalization heat from the receiver and into the reflux chamber, I3) moving heat from the reflux chamber through the thermal transfer interface, I4) using the thermal transfer interface to shift heat into the TAPC’s hot heat exchanger, I5) storing excess unused heat in phase change material, and I6) disposal of waste heat at the system level. For each of these thermal interfaces, effective and efficient technical means are being used and applied in order to maximize overall system efficiency for delivery of a next generation cost-effective and market-ready solar power system.

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