Concentrating Solar Power

  • The focus of this chapter is the production of power and the use of the heat produced from concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) systems. The chapter starts with the general theoretical principles of concentrating systems including the description of the concentration ratio, the energy and mass balance. The power conversion systems is the main part where solar-only operation and the increase in operational hours. Solar-only operation include the use of steam turbines, gas turbines, organic Rankine cycles and solar dishes. The operational hours can be increased with hybridization and with storage. Another important topic is the cogeneration where solar cooling, desalination and of heat usage is described. Many examples of commercial CSP power plants as well as research facilities from the past as well as current installed and in operation are described in detail. The chapter closes with economic and environmental aspects and with the future potential of the development of CSP around the world.

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Author:Bernhard Hoffschmidt, Spiros Alexopoulos, Christoph Rau, Johannes Sattler, Anette Anthrakidis, Cristiano Teixeira Boura, B. O’Connor, R.A. Chico Caminos, C. Rendón, P. Hilger
Parent Title (English):Earth systems and environmental sciences
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2021
Date of the Publication (Server):2021/11/18
Tag:Central receiver power plant; Concentrated systems; Concentrating solar power; Fresnel power plant; Gas turbine
Institutes:FH Aachen / Fachbereich Energietechnik
FH Aachen / Solar-Institut Jülich