Energy Conversion and Management, Vol.182, 21-33, 2019
Questions and current understanding about solar chimney power plant: A review
Interest in solar chimney power plant (SCPP) has seen resurgence due to the continuously increasing awareness on environmental concerns, particularly greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, since the 21st century. Although remarkable advances in the understanding of SCPP have been achieved through extensive theoretical, experimental, and numerical studies with different focuses on various aspects of the SCPP technology, no industrial scale SCPP has been built. In response to these new scientific advances and challenges for commercialization, seven questions, including parameter influences, turbine design, flow and heat transfer characteristics, similarity analysis, and hybrid systems, are presented in this work. In addition, answers and current understanding are included to provide succinct links to latest knowledge and identify areas that require further research.