Solar Energy In Our Universe - Latest Solar Systems Technology For Planet Earth & Solar System Exploration - Expanding Our Energy "Toolbox"

Dr Terry J Hendricks, Technical Group Supervisor/Project Manager
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
United States
 

Presentation Summary

Solar energy is a continuous, ubiquitous, and harvestable energy source throughout our solar system, whose usefulness depends on our specific orientation to and distance from our sun in any given application. Solar energy flux varies from as high as 2580 W/m2 at Venus distances from the sun and as low as 50 W/m2 at Jupiter distances from the sun. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is involved in developing and implementing various solar energy technologies for future application to potential NASA missions. Hybrid full spectrum solar systems (FSSS); integrating hybrid solar photovoltaic/thermodynamic cycles that require high temperature photovoltaic cells, advanced thermodynamic power cycles, and low thermal exergy loss systems capable of transferring high thermal energy rates fluxes with very low temperature differentials, are being designed to capture and convert the full solar wavelength spectrum. High temperature photovoltaic cells are being developed to harvest solar energy in environments with temperatures up to 450C, higher than ever before contemplated. Optimal design and integration of high-temperature thermal energy storage is critical to enhancing concentrated solar power system dispatch-ability; thereby enhancing the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of such hybrid systems. This discussion will review the latest work in solar energy technologies (i.e., hybrid systems, photovoltaics, and thermal energy storage) that have dual-use applications in benefiting potential NASA missions and enhancing our terrestrial solar-energy-driven power systems to accelerate solar technologies penetration into various energy markets.

Speaker Biography (Terry J Hendricks)

Dr. Hendricks is currently a Technical Group Supervisor, Project Manager, an ASME Fellow, and IEEE Senior Member in the Power and Sensor Systems Section, Autonomous Systems Division at NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, responsible for managing NASA-JPL radioisotope power system projects; and designing radioisotope power systems, spacecraft power systems, hybrid solar power systems, thermal management and thermal energy storage systems critical to NASA missions. He was previously an Energy Recovery Program Director at Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH, and a Senior Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA and Corvallis, OR from 2005-2013, where he managed and led U.S. DOE and U.S. Army programs in hybrid power system development, automotive and industrial waste energy recovery, military energy recovery and power system development, and advanced nano-scale heat transfer. He was also Field Program Manager and the Power & Propulsion Task Leader in the Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems at the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the early 2000's, where he managed and led heavy vehicle hybrid electric technology programs, thermal management projects, and power system development. Dr. Hendricks received his Ph.D. and Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas @ Austin and Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics from the University of Massachusetts @ Lowell. He has over 35 years of professional experience and expertise in thermal & fluid systems, energy conversion and energy storage systems, terrestrial and spacecraft power systems, micro electro-mechanical systems, and project management. His extensive expertise is cited in over 80 reports and journal articles in the Journals of Electronic Materials; Materials Research; Heat Transfer; Thermophysics and Heat Transfer; International Heat & Mass Transfer; CRC Press Handbook entitled Modules, Systems, and Applications in Thermoelectrics, edited by D.M. Rowe, (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group); Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, 5th Edition, Howell, Siegel, and Menguc, (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group), Handbook of Heat Transfer, 3rd Edition, Rohsenow, Hartnett, Cho, (McGraw-Hill), and Principles of Heat Transfer in Porous Media, 2nd Edition, Kaviany, (Springer-Verlag). He was awarded:
• NASA Group Achievement Award at JPL in 2015
• The ASME Columbia Basin Engineer of the Year Award in February 2009 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
• The Midwest Research Institute / Battelle Memorial Institute Chairman's Award in October 2003 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of California and Texas.

Company Profile (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL))

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