Optimal sizing of modular air-cooled condensers for CSP plants

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

Abstract


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.

Keywords


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

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