Techniques for Processing Experimental Data From a Solar Central Receiver to Evaluate the Receiver Steady-State Efficiency

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Alvin F. Baker

Project Engineering Division III, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA 94550

J. Sol. Energy Eng 112(1), 6-11 (Feb 01, 1990) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930762 History: Received April 28, 1988; Revised July 19, 1988; Online June 06, 2008


This paper describes techniques for processing experimental data from a solar central receiver to evaluate the receiver steady-state efficiency. These techniques are applicable when the necessary experimental data is recorded on media that can be processed by a computer. The description includes how to select which measured value to use for the various parameters, how to determine a receiver steady-state condition, and how to evaluate the receiver efficiency. We compare the results from using these techniques for two different solar central receiver facilities using two different methods to evaluate the receiver steady-state efficiency.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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