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The solar power tower Jülich – a solar thermal power plant for test and demonstration of air receiver

Hennecke, Klaus and Schwarzbözl, Peter and Hoffschmidt, Bernhard and Göttsche, Joachim and Koll, Gerrit and Beuter, Matthias and Hartz, Thomas (2007) The solar power tower Jülich – a solar thermal power plant for test and demonstration of air receiver. In: 2007 ISES Solar World Congress, Beijing, pp. 1749-1753. Springer Verlag. ISES Solar World Congress, 2007-09-18 - 2007-09-21, Beijing, China. ISBN 978-7-302-16146-2.



The paper explains the fundamentals of the open volumetric receiver technology and shows the history of its development. It gives technical information about the system definition and the engineering of the Solar Power Tower Jülich. The open volumetric receiver technology allows the use of air as heat transfer medium at high temperatures in solar thermal power tower plants. It combines porous ceramic or metallic absorber structures with a strictly modular receiver design. Highly concentrated solar radiation is used to produce hot air as ‘firing’ for a steam rankine cycle. The advantages of this technology are simplicity and scalability, the ability to include a thermal storage, the low thermal capacity and a high efficiency potential. This receiver technology was developed in various joint projects of research and industry over the past years. It was tested and qualified in the worlds largest test center for concentrating solar power, the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) in Southern Spain with a nominal power of 3 MW incident radiation. In June 2006 it was decided to build a tower power plant with thermal storage in Jülich, Germany, with a design power of 1,5 MWe. The objectives of this plant are to test and demonstrate the solar air technology as a complete system, to develop control and plant management strategies and to improve the overall performance and reliability. The location in Germany was chosen as it is close to the research institutions involved and it allows the investigation of the system performance under fluctuating irradiation conditions. The Solar Power Tower Jülich is scheduled to start operation by the end of 2008. The five year project comprises design, construction and a two year test operation phase, accompanied by an intensive R&D program. The experiences of this project will be a vital step towards a successful market introduction.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/53295/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:The solar power tower Jülich – a solar thermal power plant for test and demonstration of air receiver
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Hoffschmidt, BernhardFH-Aachen / Solarinstitut JülichUNSPECIFIED
Göttsche, JoachimFH-Aachen / Solarinstitut JülichUNSPECIFIED
Koll, GerritKraftanlagen MünchenUNSPECIFIED
Beuter, MatthiasKraftanlagen MünchenUNSPECIFIED
Hartz, ThomasStadtwerke JülichUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2007
Journal or Publication Title:2007 ISES Solar World Congress, Beijing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1749-1753
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Keywords:Solar thermal power plant, open volumetric receiver
Event Title:ISES Solar World Congress
Event Location:Beijing, China
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2007-09-18 - 2007-09-21
Organizer:International Solar Energy Society
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: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Solar Research
Deposited By: Hennecke, Klaus
Deposited On:18 Feb 2008
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:21

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