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Atmospheric extinction in solar Tower plants - A review

Hanrieder, Natalie and Wilbert, Stefan and Mancera Guevara, Diana Rocio and Buck, Reiner and Giuliano, Stefano and Pitz-Paal, Robert (2017) Atmospheric extinction in solar Tower plants - A review. Solar Energy. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2017.01.013 ISSN 0038-092X

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In solar tower plants, radiation losses between the heliostat field and the receiver occur due to atmospheric extinction which varies with site and time. Currently, atmospheric extinction is usually approximated using a few constant standard atmospheric conditions in ray-tracing and plant optimization tools. Some tools allow the input of time dependent extinction data, but such site specific data sets are generally not available for prospective concentrated solar power (CSP) sites. In this paper, the most applied model equations which are implemented in different ray-tracing tools are summarized and compared. Several developed approaches to determine atmospheric extinction are presented. Furthermore, different studies about the effect of atmospheric extinction on the tower plant yield are summarized. It can be concluded that project developers should consider atmospheric extinction and its temporal variation as site specific data sets in power plant optimization, plant yield forecast and plant operation. The effect of atmospheric extinction can account for a reduction of the annual plant yield of up to several percent points and is dependent on the heliostat field size, the operation strategy and the on-site atmospheric conditions. Different approaches to determine atmospheric extinction for solar tower plants at a future CSP site have been developed and validated in the past and can be applied dependent on the prevailing atmospheric conditions. The costs of a power plant can be lowered by reducing the simulation uncertainty since it implies in turn a reduction of risk margins in plant yield forecasts.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/112474/
Document Type:Article
Title:Atmospheric extinction in solar Tower plants - A review
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Hanrieder, Natalienatalie.hanrieder (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9671-351X
Wilbert, StefanStefan.Wilbert (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3573-3004
Mancera Guevara, Diana RocioDiana.ManceraGuevara (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Buck, ReinerReiner.Buck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Giuliano, Stefanostefano.giuliano (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Pitz-Paal, RobertRobert.Pitz-Paal (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3542-3391
Date:19 January 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Solar Energy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.solener.2017.01.013
Keywords:Atmospheric extinction; Attenuation loss; Central receiver; Solar resource assessment; CSP
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 > Qualification
Deposited By: Kruschinski, Anja
Deposited On:19 Sep 2017 15:09
Last Modified:10 Jan 2019 15:50

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