10. An Innovative Concept for Large-Scale Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Plants

  1. Prof. Detlef Stolten2,3 and
  2. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Viktor Scherer4
  1. Ulrich Hueck

Published Online: 21 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch10

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

How to Cite

Hueck, U. (2013) An Innovative Concept for Large-Scale Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Plants, in Transition to Renewable Energy Systems (eds D. Stolten and V. Scherer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, Leo-Brandt-Straße, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, 52425 Jülich, Germany

  2. 3

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEK-3 Institut für En. & Klimaforschung, Wilhelm-Johnen-Str., 52428 Jülich, Germany

  3. 4

    Ruhr-Universität Bochum LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 Universitätsstr. 150 LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 44780 Bochum Germany

Author Information

  1. DESERTEC Foundation, Ferdinandstr. 28-30, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527332397

Online ISBN: 9783527673872

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Keywords:

  • solar thermal power plants;
  • solar boiler;
  • solar steam generation

Summary

Solar power from regions with high levels of insolation can make a substantial contribution to energy supply. The envisioned pace of market growth requires significant cost reductions for solar power plants, high efficiency of power generation, capabilities for large-scale deployment, and functionalities of solar power plants that meet the requirements of the energy market. In this context, basic technical features of existing concentrating solar thermal power plants are reviewed. The application of rather general review criteria provides a set of discrete aspects for an optimized plant configuration. This is followed by the presentation of an innovative solar thermal power plant configuration, which fulfils most aspects of the review criteria. Regarding the design for concentration of solar radiation and the conversion of solar radiation to heat, the configuration bridges the technical gap between solar tower plants and solar plants with parabolic trough mirrors or Fresnel-shaped mirror configurations. The optimized plant configuration promises cost reductions for daytime operation, robust reliability of heat storage for night-time operation, and efficiency enhancements for solar power generation. Furthermore, the basic technical features allow for large-scale deployment and meet multiple requirements of the energy market. Strategic considerations focus on practical testing and implementation of the new plant configuration with incremental steps and with conceivable financing approaches. Finally, an appropriate innovation strategy is proposed to promote the required cost reduction for large-scale deployment of solar power plants