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Nicolas Calvet

Nicolas Calvet

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Dr. Nicolas Calvet obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Energy and Environment) in 2010 at the PROMES CNRS Laboratory in south of France. He worked on different thermal energy storage materials and processes, using latent and sensible heat from low to high temperatures. He has a Master in Sciences & Technologies in Solar Energy and a Bachelor in Physics.

In 2011, he joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA where he worked on heat transfer fluids, such as molten salts in the concentrated solar power group.

In 2012, he joined the CIC Energigune Energy Cooperative Research Centre in north of Spain where he continued his work in the development of storage materials.

Finally in 2013, he joined Masdar Institute of Science & Technology as an Assistant Professor and he is leading the Thermal Energy Storage Research Group.

He is the chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform and the official UAE representative alternate at the SolarPACES Executive Committee.

Courses:

  • UCC 501 – Part 1: Solar Resource and Solar Technologies, TES for CSP
  • FDN 457 – Thermal Science 1
  • MSE 510 – Thermal Properties
  • MEG 625 – Concentrated Solar Power & Thermal Energy Storage


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Research Interest/Research Projects

  • Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Materials & Systems for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
    • Sand particles solar receiver/storage (SANDSTOCK Project)
    • High-temperature concrete storage (NEST Project)
    • Direct absorption molten salt solar receiver/storage system (CSPonD Demo, MI/MIT Flagship Project)
    • Thermochemical Energy Storage
    • Recycled Industrial waste from metal industry (EMAL & Emirates Steel)
  • Development of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform dedicated to CSP innovation.
    • Testing of new SiC mirrors in collaboration with Ibiden Co. Ltd. (Japan)
    • Testing of the first TES system in the Middle East in collaboration with NEST AS (Norway)
  • N. Calvet, et al., “Enhanced performances of macro-encapsulated phase change materials (PCMs) by intensification of the internal effective thermal conductivity.” Energy (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2013.03.078.
  • N. Calvet, et al., “Compatibility of a post-industrial ceramic with nitrate molten salts for use as filler material in a thermocline storage system.” Applied Energy (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.12.078.
  • N. Calvet, et al., “Waste from metallurgic industry: a sustainable high-temperature thermal energy storage material for concentrated solar power,” ASME, 6th Energy Sustainability Conference, July 14-19, 2013, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

More publications on his Linkedin Profile