Assessment of Generic Solar Thermal Systems for Large Power Applications

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W. J. Apley, S. P. Bird

Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, Wash. 99352

J. Sol. Energy Eng 106(1), 22-28 (Feb 01, 1984) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267557 History: Received July 21, 1981; Online November 11, 2009


A comparative analysis of generic solar thermal conversion configurations was performed to evaluate and rank the principal concepts under consideration in the DOE Solar Thermal Power Program. Year-long performance simulations were conducted for the 50- to 200-MWe systems using Barstow, California meteorological and insolation data. Multiattributable utility methodology was used to rank the eleven concepts.

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