Solar thermal aided power generation

Hu, Eric, Yang, Yong Ping, Nishimura, Akira, Yilmaz, Ferdi and Kouzani, Abbas 2010, Solar thermal aided power generation, Applied energy, vol. 87, no. 9, pp. 2881-2885.

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Title Solar thermal aided power generation
Author(s) Hu, Eric
Yang, Yong Ping
Nishimura, Akira
Yilmaz, Ferdi
Kouzani, Abbas
Journal name Applied energy
Volume number 87
Issue number 9
Start page 2881
End page 2885
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 0306-2619
1872-9118
Keyword(s) Solar aided power generation
Energy efficiency
Power station
CO2 emissions
Summary Fossil fuel based power generation is and will still be the back bone of our world economy, albeit such form of power generation significantly contributes to global CO2 emissions. Solar energy is a clean, environmental friendly energy source for power generation, however solar photovoltaic electricity generation is not practical for large commercial scales due to its cost and high-tech nature. Solar thermal is another way to use solar energy to generate power. Many attempts to establish solar (solo) thermal power stations have been practiced all over the world. Although there are some advantages in solo solar thermal power systems, the efficiencies and costs of these systems are not so attractive. Alternately by modifying, if possible, the existing coal-fired power stations to generate green sustainable power, a much more efficient means of power generation can be reached. This paper presents the concept of solar aided power generation in conventional coal-fired power stations, i.e., integrating solar (thermal) energy into conventional fossil fuelled power generation cycles (termed as solar aided thermal power). The solar aided power generation (SAPG) concept has technically been derived to use the strong points of the two technologies (traditional regenerative Rankine cycle with relatively higher efficiency and solar heating at relatively low temperature range). The SAPG does not only contribute to increase the efficiencies of the conventional power station and reduce its emission of the greenhouse gases, but also provides a better way to use solar heat to generate the power. This paper presents the advantages of the SAPG at conceptual level.
Language eng
Field of Research 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl Solar Cells)
Socio Economic Objective 850505 Solar-Thermal Electric Energy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029307

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