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Small solar thermal electric power plants with early commercial potentialCost-effective small solar thermal electric power plants (1- to 10-MW nominal size) offer an attractive way of helping the world meet its future energy needs. The paper describes the characteristics of a conceptual near-term plant (about 1 MW) and a potential 1990 commercial version. The basic system concept is one in which steam is generated using two-axis tracking, parabolic dish, and point-focusing collectors. The steam is transported through low-loss piping to a central steam turbine generator unit where it is converted to electricity. The plants have no energy storage and their output power level varies with the solar insolation level. This system concept, which is firmly based on state-of-the-art technology, is projected to offer one of the fastest paths for U.S. commercialization of solar thermal electric power plants through moderate technology advances and mass production.
Document ID
19800034416
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Jones, H. E. (General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Bisantz, D. J. (General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Clayton, R. N. (General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Heiges, H. H. (General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Ku, A. C. (General Electric Co. Schenectady, N.Y., United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1979
Subject Category
ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Report/Patent Number
ASME PAPER 79-WA/SOL-9
Meeting Information
Winter Annual Meeting(New York, NY)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: JPL-955116
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other