One of the main problems when designing a solar thermal power plant is to find the optimal parabolic trough field size. Errors made in this context can easily lead into a financial disaster. Simulation tools that handle all aspects of a power plant (technical as well as economical) treat such economical problems as a whole and can be very helpful during the design process. However, even the smartest simulation tool depends significantly on the input parameters, such as the solar irradiance. As a result of the given considerations a new method for estimating the solar field size as a function of the solar irradiance is proposed. Additionally, this paper demonstrates a path to simulate the complexity of a parabolic trough power plant.
The Influence of Direct Normal Irradiance Variation on the Optimal Parabolic Trough Field Size: A Problem Solved With Technical and Economical Simulations
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Quaschning, V, Kistner, R, & Ortmanns, W. "The Influence of Direct Normal Irradiance Variation on the Optimal Parabolic Trough Field Size: A Problem Solved With Technical and Economical Simulations." Proceedings of the ASME Solar 2002: International Solar Energy Conference. Solar Energy. Reno, Nevada, USA. June 15–20, 2002. pp. 361-366. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SED2002-1073
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