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The MED-CSD Project: Potential for Concentrating Solar Power Desalination Development in Mediterranean Countries

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Massimo Moser

 German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, Stuttgart 70569, Germanymassimo.moser@dlr.de

Franz Trieb, Jürgen Kern, Houda Allal, Nicolas Cottret

 DLR, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Stuttgart 70569, GermanyKernenergien – The Solar Power Company, Olgastr. 131, Stuttgart 70180, GermanyObservatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME), 103-105 Rue des Trois Fontanot, Nanterre 92000, France

Jürgen Scharfe, Marie-Luise Tomasek

INVEN Engineering GmbH, Mozartstr. 22, 85435 Erding, Germany

Enrico Savoldi

Renewable Energy Business Development Manager TECHINT, Via Monte Rosa 93, Milan 20149, Italy

J. Sol. Energy Eng 133(3), 031012 (Jul 25, 2011) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4004352 History: Received January 11, 2011; Revised May 23, 2011; Published July 25, 2011; Online July 25, 2011

Within the MED-CSD project, feasibility studies of integrated hybrid concentrating solar power (CSP) and seawater desalination (DES) plants were carried out in selected locations in Morocco, Italy, Cyprus, Egypt and Gaza/West Bank. After a review on CSP and desalination technologies, ten typical sites within the five partner countries have been selected. For each location, a CSP-DES plant was modeled. The model bases on hourly time series of solar irradiance, ambient temperature, as well as wind speed and includes local seasonal and hourly load curves for power and water. Surplus thermal energy from the solar field is fed into the energy storage, so that operation is possible at night and during cloud transients; gaps between demand and solar power production are covered by cofiring with fossil fuel. Different plant components (solar field collectors and desalination technologies) have been compared. A techno-economic model is applied in order to analyze the economic feasibility and the required financial framework conditions of the projects. Furthermore, an analysis of the market potential of concentrating solar power for sea water desalination in the Mediterranean Region and socio-economic and environmental impact analyses were implemented.

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Parabolic trough (source: DLR)

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Linear Fresnel reflector (source: DLR)

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PT-MED configuration

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PT-RO configuration

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DNI of the MENA-Region and selected MED-CSD sites [6]

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Methodology of the technical model

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Methodology of the economical model

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Water demand in south Mediterranean countries (closing the gap–middle efficiency) [10]

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Gross electricity demand in Mediterranean region (closing the gap–high efficiency) [10]



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