Optimal sizing of modular air-cooled condensers for CSP plants

  • Andreas Poullikkas Electricity Authority of Cyprus
  • Ronan Grimes University of Limerick, National Technological Park
  • Edmond Walsh University of Limerick, National Technological Park
  • Ioannis Hadjipaschalis Electricity Authority of Cyprus
  • George Kourtis Electricity Authority of Cyprus


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.


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How to Cite
POULLIKKAS, Andreas et al. Optimal sizing of modular air-cooled condensers for CSP plants. Journal of Power Technologies, [S.l.], v. 93, n. 3, p. 178--184, june 2013. ISSN 2083-4195. Available at: <https://papers.itc.pw.edu.pl/index.php/JPT/article/view/397>. Date accessed: 22 july 2024.
Policy, Economy and Society


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

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