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Design and Comparison of Solar Thermal Oilfield Steam Production System Plans

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Cheng Zhang, Xiaolin Lei

School of Energy and Power Engineering,
Huazhong University of Science and Technology,
Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China

Yanping Zhang

School of Energy and Power Engineering,
Huazhong University of Science and Technology,
Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China
e-mail: zyp2817@hust.edu.cn

Wei Gao

School of Energy and Power Engineering,
Huazhong University of Science and Technology,
Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING: INCLUDING WIND ENERGY AND BUILDING ENERGY CONSERVATION. Manuscript received January 5, 2016; final manuscript received April 25, 2017; published online June 8, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Mary Jane Hale.

J. Sol. Energy Eng 139(4), 044502 (Jun 08, 2017) (4 pages) Paper No: SOL-16-1006; doi: 10.1115/1.4036725 History: Received January 05, 2016; Revised April 25, 2017

Parabolic trough solar concentrating technology is a new and clean way to replace the conventional fossil fuel technology to generate steam for heavy oil recovery in oilfield. A computational model was constructed with simulated direct normal irradiance from nearby similar climate locations. Different system configurations were analyzed with the model, such as with single- and dual-loop, with and without heat storage system. Finally, several solar field configurations with different collector field layouts were compared by the cost of unit generated steam. Results show that using heat storage can effectively improve the stability of steam production, and in a certain oilfield, an optimum steam production amount and optimum heat storage time (HST) exist for lowest steam cost. The methods and results in the paper provide useful suggestions for the implementation of a solar thermal oilfield steam production system.

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Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 1

Configurations of the systems

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 2

Steam production of different HST configuration



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