Thermodynamic Cycles for Solar Thermal Power Plants: A Review

Muñoz, Marta, Rovira, Antonio y Montes, María José . (2021) Thermodynamic Cycles for Solar Thermal Power Plants: A Review. WIREs Energy and Environment

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Título Thermodynamic Cycles for Solar Thermal Power Plants: A Review
Autor(es) Muñoz, Marta
Rovira, Antonio
Montes, María José
Materia(s) Energías Renovables
Abstract Solar thermal power plants for electricity production include, at least, two main systems: the solar field and the power block. Regarding this last one, the particular thermodynamic cycle layout and the working fluid employed, have a decisive influence in the plant performance. In turn, this selection depends on the solar technology employed. Currently, the steam Rankine cycle is the most widespread and commercially available power block option, usually coupled to a parabolic trough solar field. However, other configurations have been implemented in solar thermal plants worldwide. Most of them are based on other solar technologies coupled to a steam Rankine cycle, although integrated solar Combined cycles have a significant level of implementation. In the first place, power block configurations based on conventional thermodynamic cycles -Rankine, Brayton and combined Brayton-Rankine- are described. The achievements and challenges of each proposal are highlighted, for example, the benefits involved in hybrid solar source/fossil fuel plants. In the second place, proposals of advanced power block configuration are analyzed, standing out: supercritical CO2 Brayton cycles, advanced organic cycles and innovative integrated solar combined cycles. Each of these proposals show some advantages compared to the conventional layouts in certain power or source temperature ranges and hence they could be considered attractive options in the medium term. At last, a brief review of proposals of solar thermal integration with other renewable heat sources is also included.
Palabras clave solar thermal power plant
Rankine cycle
Brayton cycle
integrated solar combined cycle
supercritical CO2 cycle
advanced organic cycles
Editor(es) WIREs (Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews)
Fecha 2021-10-17
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Identificador bibliuned:DptoIE-ETSI-ACES2030-0002
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Publicado en la Revista WIREs Energy and Environment
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Relacionado con el proyecto: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/S2018/EMT-4319
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Notas adicionales This is the Accepted Manuscript of an article published by WILEY in "WIREs Energy and Environment" on 17 October 2021, available online: -- Este es el manuscrito aceptado de un artículo publicado por WILEY en "WIREs Energy and Environment" el 17 octubre 2021, disponible en línea:
Notas adicionales Proyecto ACES2030-CM (Alta Concentración Energía Solar) S2018/EMT4319

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