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Modeling, Simulation, and Performance Evaluation Analysis of a Parabolic Trough Solar Collector Power Plant Coupled to an Organic Rankine Cycle Engine in North Eastern Greece Using trnsys

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Pantelis N. Botsaris

Professor
Mechanical Design Laboratory,
Faculty of Materials Processes and Engineering,
Department of Production Engineering and Management,
School of Engineering,
Democritus University of Thrace,
12 Vas. Sofias, Buil. 1, O. 107,
Xanthi 67100, Greece
e-mail: panmpots@pme.duth.gr

Alexandros G. Pechtelidis

Mechanical Design Laboratory,
Faculty of Materials Processes and Engineering,
Department of Production Engineering and Management,
School of Engineering,
Democritus University of Thrace,
12 Vas. Sofias, Buil. 1, O. 107,
Xanthi 67100, Greece
e-mail: alexpech@pme.duth.gr

Konstantinos A. Lymperopoulos

Mechanical Design Laboratory,
Faculty of Materials Processes and Engineering,
Department of Production Engineering and Management,
School of Engineering,
Democritus University of Thrace,
12 Vas. Sofias, Buil. 1, O. 107,
Xanthi 67100, Greece
e-mail: klympero@pme.duth.gr

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 October 30, 2018; final manuscript received April 23, 2019; published online May 20, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Ting Ma.

J. Sol. Energy Eng 141(6), 061004 (May 20, 2019) (10 pages) Paper No: SOL-18-1498; doi: 10.1115/1.4043658 History: Received October 30, 2018; Accepted April 26, 2019

The present work is focused on the development of a simulation model for an existing cogeneration power plant, which utilizes a solar thermal field with parabolic trough solar collectors coupled to an Organic Rankine Cycle engine. The power plant is modeled in the trnsys v.17 software package and its performance has been validated with real operating conditions. The simulated system (concentrated solar power (CSP) field and ORC engine) is the main part of a hybrid power plant located near “Ziloti” village of the Municipality of Xanthi, in northeastern Greece. The construction of the hybrid power plant was funded by the Strategic Co-Funded Project of the European Territorial Cooperation Program Greece–Bulgaria 2007–2013 with the acronym ENERGEIA. The power plant simulated in this paper includes a 234 kWth solar parabolic trough collector (PTC) field, a 5 m3 thermal energy storage tank, and a 5 kWe ORC engine for the production of thermal and electrical energies. The results of the simulations present small deviation in contrast to the real operating data of the CSP power plant coupled with the ORC engine, therefore the simulation model is considered as reliable.

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Aerial photo of the project showing the main systems (“ENERGEIA”)

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Solar parabolic troughs of the “ENERGEIA” project

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Thermal energy storage (TES) system installed in the ENERGEIA project

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ORC engine and batteries in ISOBOX installed within the “ENERGEIA” project

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Layout of the ORC engine of the “ENERGEIA” project

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Simple layout diagram of the plant

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Mean electricity production during a typical summer day

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Layout of the plant in the trnsys simulation studio

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Annual ambient data

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Annual solar radiation (total and collected) in comparison with thermal power (mean weekly values) (Color version online.)

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Heat flow (kWth) between different plant parts and net electric power (kWe) (mean hourly values) (Color version online.)

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(a) Collected solar energy, (b) thermal energy produced, and (c) electrical energy generated

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