Solar Energy, Vol.84, No.9, 1696-1705, 2010
Conceptual design and techno-economic assessment of integrated solar combined cycle system with DSG technology
Direct steam generation (DSG) in parabolic trough collectors causes an increase to competitiveness of solar thermal power plants (STPP) by substitution of oil with direct steam generation that results in lower investment and operating costs. In this study the integrated solar combined cycle system with DSG technology is introduced and techno-economic assessment of this plant is reported compared with two conventional cases. Three considered cases are: an integrated solar combined cycle system with DSG technology (ISCCS-DSG), a solar electric generating system (SEGS), and an integrated solar combined cycle system with HTF (heat transfer fluid) technology (ISCCS-HTF). This study shows that levelized energy cost (LEC) for the ISCCS-DSG is lower than the two other cases due to reducing O&M costs and also due to increasing the heat to electricity net efficiency of the power plant. Among the three STPPs, SEGS has the lowest CO, emissions, but it will operate during daytime only. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Solar thermal power plants;Direct steam generation;Integrated solar combined cycle;Techno-economic assessment