Testing of the US Solar Pilot Plant Receiver

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J. M. Friefeld

Rockwell International Corp., Canoga Park, CA

G. C. Coleman

McDonnell Douglas Corp., Huntington Beach, CA

J. Sol. Energy Eng 108(2), 146-149 (May 01, 1986) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268082 History: Received July 01, 1981; Online November 11, 2009


The US Department of Energy (DOE) is actively engaged in the design and construction of America’s first Solar Thermal Electric Pilot Plant at Barstow, California. Preconstruction tests of the external, single-pass-to-superheat, water/steam receiver under actual solar operating conditions were conducted to validate the design at the earliest possible date to assure the achievement of Pilot Plant operating goals. Receiver steady-state and transient operating characteristics and performance were investigated during clear day, intermittent cloud, and simulated emergency situations. Testing concluded with limited testing of the receiver at flux and power levels above the maximum expected Pilot Plant conditions. The test program successfully achieved the overall objective of confirming the design of the Pilot Plant solar receiver.

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