Clifford Ho

/Clifford Ho
Clifford Ho

Clifford Ho

R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineering



Email: ckho@sandia.gov
Phone: (505) 844-2384

Biography

Dr. Cliff Ho is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has worked since 1993 on problems involving solar energy, water safety and sustainability, heat- and mass-transfer processes in porous media, and microchemical sensor systems for environmental monitoring. Dr. Ho has authored over 200 scientific papers, holds 13 patents, and is author and co-editor of two books. He received an Outstanding Professor Award at the University of New Mexico in 1997, and he received the national Asian American Engineer of the Year Award in 2010. Dr. Ho received an R&D 100 Award in 2013 for his development of the Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool, and an R&D 100 Award in 2016 for the development of the Falling Particle Receiver for Concentrating Solar Energy. In 2008, he won Discover magazine’s “The Future of Energy in Two-Minutes-or Less” video contest.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 1989
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, December 1990
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, May 1993

Research Interests

High-temperature solar thermal receiver modeling and testing; solid particle receivers
Optical analysis and characterization of collectors and selective absorbers
Glare and avian hazard analyses
CFD modeling for coupled optical/fluid/thermal analyses
System and technoeconomic analyses

Publications

  • Ho, C. K., “A Review of High-Temperature Particle Receivers for Concentrating Solar Power,” Applied Thermal Engineering, (May 2016): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2016.04.103).
  • Ho, C. K., J. M. Christian, J. Yellowhair, N. Siegel, S. Jeter, M. Golob, S. I. Abdel-Khalik, C. Nguyen, and H. Al-Ansary, “On-Sun Testing of an Advanced Falling Particle Receiver System.” AIP Conference, SolarPACES 2015: International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, 1734.
  • Ho, C. K., M. Carlson, P. Garg, and P. Kumar, “Technoeconomic Analysis of Alternative Solarized s-CO2 Brayton Cycle Configurations,” Journal of Solar Energy Engineering-Transactions of the ASME, 138, no 5 (2016).
  • Ho, C. K., C. A. Sims, and J. M. Christian, “Evaluation of glare at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.” International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, Solarpaces 69, (2014): 1296-1305.
  • Ho, C. K. and S. S. Khalsa, “A Photographic Flux Mapping Method for Concentrating Solar Collectors and Receivers,” Journal of Solar Energy Engineering-Transactions of the ASME, 134, no. 4 (2012).
  • Ho, C. K., J. Sment, J. Yuan, and C. A. Sims, “Evaluation of a reflective polymer film for heliostats,” Solar Energy, 95 (2013): 229-236.
  • Ho, C. K., “Relieving a Glaring Problem,” Solar Today, (April 2013): 28-31.
  • Ho, C. K., C. M. Ghanbari, and R. B. Diver, “Methodology to Assess Potential Glint and Glare Hazards From Concentrating Solar Power Plants: Analytical Models and Experimental Validation,” Journal of Solar Energy Engineering-Transactions of the ASME, 133, no. 3 (2011).
  • Ho, C. K., S. S. Khalsa, and G. J. Kolb, “Methods for probabilistic modeling of concentrating solar power plants,” Solar Energy, 85, no. 4 (2011): 669-675.
  • Ho, C. K. and G. J. Kolb, “Incorporating Uncertainty into Probabilistic Performance Models of Concentrating Solar Power Plants,” Journal of Solar Energy Engineering-Transactions of the ASME, 132, no. 3 (2010).