Evaluation of Power Block Arrangements for 100MW Scale Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Generation Using Top-Down Design

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Post, Alex; Beath, Andrew ORCID ID icon; Sauret, Emilie; Persky, Rodney


2017-06-01


Conference Material


SolarPACES 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11-14 October 2016


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Concentrated solar thermal power generation poses a unique situation for power block selection, in which a capital intensive heat source is subject to daily and seasonal fluctuations in intensity. In this study, a method is developed to easily evaluate the favourability of different power blocks for converting the heat supplied by a concentrated solar thermal plant into power at the 100MWe scale based on several key parameters. The method is then applied to a range of commercially available power cycles that operate over different temperatures and efficiencies, and with differing capital costs, each with performance and economic parameters selected to be typical of their technology type, as reported in literature. Using this method, the power cycle is identified among those examined that is most likely to result in a minimum levelised cost of energy of a solar thermal plant.


AIP Publishing


Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering


https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4984382


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EP164821


Conference Paper - Refereed


English


Post, Alex; Beath, Andrew; Sauret, Emilie; Persky, Rodney. Evaluation of Power Block Arrangements for 100MW Scale Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Generation Using Top-Down Design. In: SolarPACES 2016; 11-14 October 2016; Abu Dhabi, UAE. AIP Publishing; 2017. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4984382



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