A Review of Test Results on Parabolic Dish Solar Thermal Power Modules With Dish-Mounted Rankine Engines and for Production of Process Steam

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Leonard D. Jaffe

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. 91109

J. Sol. Energy Eng 110(4), 275-281 (Nov 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268268 History: Received January 01, 1988; Revised June 01, 1988; Online November 11, 2009


This paper presents results of development testing of various solar thermal parabolic dish modules and assemblies. Most of the tests were at modules and assemblies that used a dish-mounted, organic Rankine cycle turbine for production of electric power. Some tests were also run on equipment for production of process steam or for production of electricity using dish-mounted reciprocating steam engines. These tests indicate that early modules achieve efficiencies of about 18 percent in converting sunlight to electricity (excluding the inverter but including parasitics). A number of malfunctions occurred. The performance measurements, as well as the malfunctions and other operating experience, provided information that should be of value in developing systems with improved performance and reduced maintenance.

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