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Mid and low-temperature solar–coal hybridization mechanism and validation

Publication date: Available online 16 April 2014
Author(s): Yawen Zhao , Hui Hong , Hongguang Jin
A higher solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency was one of the major advantages of the solar-fossil hybrid systems, compared to the solar-only power plants. In this paper, a new mechanism to reveal the reasons for the improved solar-to-electricity efficiency in a solar-hybrid power plant was given. A correlation was built to describe the main influencing factors of its thermodynamic performances, including higher collector efficiency, higher turbine internal efficiency and upgraded energy level of the mid and low-temperature solar heat. This proposed mechanism can be used to integrate solar–coal hybridization system effectively. A case study was taken as the typical 200 MW coal-fired power plant hybridized with solar heat at approximately 300 °C, where the solar heat was used to preheat the feed water before entering the boiler. Furthermore, simulation results of this mid and low-temperature solar-hybridization system was conducted to prove the proposed mechanism. It is expected that the theoretical values have a good agreement with the simulation ones. The results obtained indicate that why development of mid and low-temperature solar–coal hybridization technology may provide a promising direction to efficient utilization of low-grade solar thermal energy, and provide the direction to enhance system performances of this kind of solar–coal hybrid power plants.

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