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Solar Trough Integration Into Combined Cycle Systems

[+] Author Affiliations
Jürgen Dersch, Robert Pitz-Paal

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany

Michael Geyer, Ulf Hermann

FLABEG Solar International, Cologne, Germany

Scott A. Jones

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Bruce Kelly

Nexant, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Rainer Kistner

Millennium Solar S.A., Aguadulce, Almeria, Spain

Winfried Ortmanns

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Tabernas, Spain

Henry Price

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Paper No. SED2002-1072, pp. 351-359; 9 pages
  • ASME Solar 2002: International Solar Energy Conference
  • Solar Energy
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, June 15–20, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-1689-3
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Parabolic trough solar technology has over 125 plant-years of successful operation at nine commercial Solar Electric Generating Systems (SEGS) power plants that are operating near Barstow, California. These solar plants utilize conventional steam Rankine turbine-generator systems, and as a result most people associate parabolic trough solar technology with steam Rankine cycle power plants. Although these plants are clearly optimized for their particular application, other power cycle designs may be appropriate in other situations. Of particular interest is the integration of parabolic trough solar technology with combined cycle power plant technology, a configuration called the integrated solar combined cycle system (ISCCS). Four potential projects in India, Egypt, Morocco, and Mexico are considering the ISSCS configuration. This paper compares the performance, cost, and carbon emissions of ISCCS and SEGS plants with a standard combined cycle plant.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Solar energy , Cycles



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