Review on concentrating solar power plants and new developments in high temperature thermal energy storage technologies

Liu, Ming, Tay, Steven N.H., Bell, Stuart, Belusko, Martin, Jacob, Rhys, Will, Geoffrey, Saman, Wasim, & Bruno, Frank (2016) Review on concentrating solar power plants and new developments in high temperature thermal energy storage technologies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 53, pp. 1411-1432.

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Abstract

A concentrating solar power (CSP) system converts sunlight into a heat source which can be used to drive a conventional power plant. Thermal energy storage (TES) improves the dispatchability of a CSP plant. Heat can be stored in either sensible, latent or thermochemical storage. Commercial deployment of CSP systems have been achieved in recent years with the two-tank sensible storage system using molten salt as the storage medium. Considerable research effort has been conducted to improve the efficiency of the CSP system and make the cost of electricity comparable to that of the conventional fossil-fuel power plant. This paper provides a comprehensive summary of CSP plants both in operation and under construction. It covers the available technologies for the receiver, thermal storage, power block and heat transfer fluid. This paper also reviews developments in high temperature TES over the past decade with a focus on sensible and latent heat storage. High temperature corrosion and economic aspects of these systems are also discussed.

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ID Code: 96020
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Concentrating solar power (CSP); Thermal energy storage; Sensible heat storage; Latent heat storage; Phase change material
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.09.026
ISSN: 1364-0321
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Facilities: Science and Engineering Centre
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2016 22:31
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 00:56

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