This work shows the study of different configurations of integrated solar combined cycle (ISCC) parabolic-trough power plant with Direct Steam Generation (DSG). This paper is a sequel of previous works (Duran), but in this case six different configurations are analyzed: two pressure level without reheater (2P), 2P considering the solar field the high pressure economizer of the heat recovery steam generator, 2P considering the solar field the low pressure superheater, two pressure level with reheater (2PR), 2PR considering the solar field the low pressure superheater, 2PR considering the solar field the high pressure economizer. The main objective is to achieve the thermoeconomic optimization (based on Thermodynamic 1st. Law) of the HRSG including the solar field, to determine the optimal design parameters of both systems.
It is applied a genetic algorithm (GA) methodology employed in previous works for the optimization of combined cycle power plants. Also, a sensitivity analysis with respect to the variation of solar radiation is done for the configurations that yield better results. As a result it would be obtained the optimal parameters of the HRSG and the optimal solar energy contribution for the configurations analyzed.