One of the main problems when designing a solar thermal power plant is finding the optimal parabolic trough field size. Errors made in this context can easily lead to 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 optimized 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.
Influence of Direct Normal Irradiance Variation on the Optimal Parabolic Trough Field Size: A Problem Solved with Technical and Economical Simulations
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the ASME Solar Energy Division June 2001; final revision Jan. 2002. Associate Editor: R. Pitz-Paal.
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Quaschning, V., Kistner , R., and Ortmanns, W. (April 24, 2002). "Influence of Direct Normal Irradiance Variation on the Optimal Parabolic Trough Field Size: A Problem Solved with Technical and Economical Simulations ." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. May 2002; 124(2): 160–164. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1465432
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