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Techno-Economic Analysis of Receiver Replacement Scenarios in a Parabolic Trough Field

Röger, Marc and Lüpfert, Eckhard and Caron, Simon and Dieckmann, Simon (2016) Techno-Economic Analysis of Receiver Replacement Scenarios in a Parabolic Trough Field. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1734. American Institute of Physics (AIP). doi: 10.1063/1.4949082. ISSN 0094-243X.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4949082


The heat loss of an evacuated parabolic trough receiver of solar thermal power plants ranges typically between values below 150 and 200 W/m at 350°C. Defects, such as glass breakage by wind events and coating degradation, anti-reflection coating degradation or hydrogen accumulation in the annulus, decrease the annual electricity production. This study examines the effect of different receiver performance loss scenarios on the energetic and economic output of a modern 150-MWel–parabolic trough plant with 7.5-hours molten-salt storage, located in Ma’an, Jordan over the whole lifetime by modeling it in an extended version of the software greenius. Compared to the reference scenario, a wind event in year 5 (10, 15) causing glass envelope breakage and consequential degradation of the selective coating of 5.6% of the receivers reduces the electricity output by 5.1% (3.8%, 2.5%), the net present value is reduced by 36.5% (23.1%, 13.1%). The payback time of receiver replacement is only 0.7 years and hence this measure is recommended. The highest negative impact on performance and net present value of a project has the hydrogen accumulation scenario (50% of field affected) in event year 5 (10,15) reducing net electric output by 10.7% (8.1%, 5.4%) and the net present value by 77.0% (48.7%, 27.6%). Replacement of the receivers or even better an inexpensive repair solution is an energetically and economically sensible solution. The option of investing in premium receivers with Xe-capsule during the construction phase is a viable option if the surplus cost for premium receivers is lower than 10 to 20 percent.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/108932/
Document Type:Article
Title:Techno-Economic Analysis of Receiver Replacement Scenarios in a Parabolic Trough Field
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Röger, MarcUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0618-4253UNSPECIFIED
Lüpfert, EckhardUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6207-975XUNSPECIFIED
Caron, SimonUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7699-8108UNSPECIFIED
Dieckmann, SimonUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9504-8626UNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2016
Journal or Publication Title:AIP Conference Proceedings
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Keywords:Concentrating Solar Power, CSP, Parabolic Trough, Yield Analysis, Heat Collecting Element, HCE, Receiver, Modeling, greenius, scenarios, hydrogen
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:Concentrating Solar Thermal Technology
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SF - Solar research
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Impact of Desert Environment (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research > Qualifizierung
Deposited By: Kruschinski, Anja
Deposited On:05 Dec 2016 14:33
Last Modified:03 Nov 2023 07:46

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