High Temperature Solar-Thermal Research Room

Concentrating solar energy for making fuels, metals, ceramics and other chemicals.


Professor Geoffrey Brooks

+61 3 9214 5672

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The 42kWe solar simulator when focused produces a peak flux of approximately 1mega watts or 1000 suns of energy all focused into the size of a 50mm diameter ball producing a maximum theoretical temperature of 2390K. Approximately 40,000 volts are used to form the 23mm long arc. Using only 4 of the lamps simultaneously, temperatures produced in the reactor have reached over 1200°C. Using all seven lamps simultaneously can produce temperatures exceeding 1600°C.



This facility has the following equipment:

Seven 6000 Watt metal halide lamps each close coupled to a 500mm diameter ellipsoidal reflector with a focal length of 1585mm, all commonly side focused into a hybrid solar/electric reactor. The reactor has an internal cavity dimension of 200mm diameter by 300mm long.


The facility is primarily for research but can be accessed by undergraduate engineering students through final year projects and as part of asters or PhD research programs. Industry can access this facility through collaborative research programs and contract research.

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Professor Geoffrey Brooks

Professor Geoffrey Brooks

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Future Manufacturing) at Swinburne University of Technology, .

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High Temperature Solar-Thermal Research Room

Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus. Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC), 453-477 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Commercial research services provider, Research laboratory
Discipline areas: Engineering Science
Precinct: Central
Affiliations: Swinburne University of Technology

Tags: Solar energy, Solar simulator