Optimal sizing of modular air-cooled condensers for CSP plants

Andreas Poullikkas, Ronan Grimes, Edmond Walsh, Ioannis Hadjipaschalis, George Kourtis


In this work, a parametric optimization analysis of various innovative modular air-cooled condenser systems is carried out in order to identify the optimum system configuration and size to be used as the cooling system in a 50MWe parabolic trough concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. The optimization analysis is conducted individually on a total of 17 different configurations and on a total of 8 different condenser sizes for each configuration. The results identify the optimum air cooled condenser configuration and size that can achieve the minimum CSP plant electricity unit cost.


air cooled condensers; dry cooling; solar thermal power plants; CSP; renewable energy sources; energy policy

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