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Solar thermal electric power plants - Their performance characteristics and total social costsThe central receiver (power tower) concept as a thermal conversion approach to the conversion of solar energy into electricity is compared to other solar power plant designs which feature distributed solar collection and use other types of solar collector configurations. A variety of solar thermal storage concepts are discussed and their impacts on system performance are assessed. Although a good deal of quantification is possible in a comparative study, the subjective judgments carry enormous weight in a socio-economic decision, the ultimate choice of central power plant being more a social than an economic or technical decision. Major elements of the total social cost of each type of central plant are identified as utility economic costs, R&D funds, health costs, and other relevant social impacts.
Document ID
19770029952
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Caputo, R. S. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Truscello, V. C. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Calif., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1976
Subject Category
ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Meeting Information
Conference on Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering(State Line, NV)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS7-100
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other