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Guidelines for CSP Performance Modeling - Present Status of the SolarPACES Task-1 Project

Eck, Markus and Barroso, Hector and Blanco, Manuel and Burgaleta, Juan-Ignacio and Dersch, Jürgen and Feldhoff, Jan Fabian and Garcia-Barberena, Javier and Lourdes, Gonzales and Hirsch, Tobias and Ho, Clifford K. and Kolb, Gregory and Neises, Ty and Serrano, Juan Antonio and Tenz, Dustin and Wagner, Michael and Guangdong, Zhu (2011) Guidelines for CSP Performance Modeling - Present Status of the SolarPACES Task-1 Project. In: Proceedings of the SolarPACES 2011 conference. SolarPACES 2011, 20.-23. Sept. 2011, Granada, Spanien.

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Due to the high capacity of solar thermal power plants (50 MWel and more) and large required investment, concentrating solar power (CSP) projects are subject to an extensive project development process. Predicting the energy yield of a CSP plant is a crucial task in this process. Mathematical models predicting the system’s energy yield are required to assess single CSP projects (e.g. feasibility or due diligence studies), compare different plant options (e.g. technology, site), optimise technology configuration (e.g. solar field size, storage capacity), investigate the influence of component characteristics (e.g. receiver characteristics), and to assess system performance during commissioning, among other things. The models used for these tasks differ in complexity and required accuracy, e.g. a model used for project assessment during commissioning has to be more rigorous than a model used for a pre-feasibility study. At the moment, numerous modelling approaches exist, and project developers use their own internal system models and assessment methodology. These models often lack validation, and no standard or benchmark for comparison yet exists for electricity yield analysis of CSP plants. In addition, most current models of CSP system performance do not treat uncertainties inherent in parameters and processes of the complex system. These conditions may fail to alleviate concerns about technology risk and hinder the acceptance of CSP technology by potential investors. To solve this problem, an international working group is being initiated within SolarPACES Task I to define guidelines for performance prediction of CSP plants. This working group started in 2010 with the definition of a structural framework for the performance prediction. In parallel, several partners have performed a benchmarking of their performance models. At the end of this benchmarking process a work-shop was held to discuss the results of the benchmarking and to identify the major effects to be considered for the performance prediction of parabolic trough solar thermal power plants. This paper presents the major effects identified so far.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Guidelines for CSP Performance Modeling - Present Status of the SolarPACES Task-1 Project
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Eck, MarkusDLR
Barroso, HectorS2M
Blanco, ManuelCener
Burgaleta, Juan-IgnacioTorresol
Dersch, JürgenDLR
Feldhoff, Jan FabianDLR
Garcia-Barberena, JavierCener
Lourdes, GonzalesCiemat
Hirsch, TobiasDLR
Ho, Clifford K.Sandia
Kolb, GregorySandia
Neises, TyNREL
Serrano, Juan AntonioSener
Tenz, DustinFlagsol
Wagner, MichaelNREL
Guangdong, ZhuNREL
Date:September 2011
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the SolarPACES 2011 conference
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Ertragsberechnung, Parabolrinnenkraftwerk, Solarthermisches Kraftwerk
Event Title:SolarPACES 2011
Event Location:Granada, Spanien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:20.-23. Sept. 2011
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:E SF - Solar research (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SF - Solar research
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Applikationsentwicklung (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research
Deposited By: Dr.-Ing. Tobias Hirsch
Deposited On:12 Dec 2011 13:57
Last Modified:26 Jul 2013 16:20

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