A solar-driven combined cycle power plant

A. Kribus*, R. Zaibel, D. Carey, A. Segal, J. Karni

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The main results of a feasibility study of a combined cycle electricity generation plant, driven by highly concentrated solar energy and high-temperature central receiver technology, are presented. New developments in solar tower optics, high-performance air receivers and solar-to-gas turbine interface, were incorporated into a new solar power plant concept. The new design features 100% solar operation at design point and hybrid (solar and fuel) operation for maximum dispatchability. Software tools were developed to simulate new system configuration, evaluate its performance and cost, and optimize its design. System evaluation and optimization were carried out for two power levels. The results show that the new system design has cost and performance advantages over other solar thermal concepts, and can competitive against conventional fuel power plants in certain markets even without government subsidies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-129
Number of pages9
JournalSolar Energy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1998
Externally publishedYes


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