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Solar–thermal hybridization of advanced zero emissions power cycle

Publication date: Available online 7 January 2014
Source:Energy
Author(s): S. Gunasekaran , N.D. Mancini , R. El-Khaja , E.J. Sheu , A. Mitsos
Four different integration schemes for the Advanced Zero Emissions Power (AZEP) cycle with a parabolic trough are proposed and analyzed: vaporization of high-pressure stream, preheating of high-pressure stream, heating of intermediate-pressure turbine inlet stream, and heating of low-pressure turbine inlet stream. The power outputs from these integration schemes are compared with each other and with the sum of the power outputs from corresponding stand-alone AZEP cycle and solar–thermal cycle. Vaporization of high-pressure stream has the highest power output among the proposed integration schemes. Both the vaporization and heating of intermediate-pressure turbine inlet stream integration schemes have higher power output than the sum of the power outputs from corresponding stand-alone AZEP cycle and solar–thermal cycle. A comparison of the proposed vaporization scheme with existing hybrid technologies without carbon capture and storage (CCS) shows that it has a higher annual incremental solar efficiency than most hybrid technologies. Moreover, it has a higher solar share compared to hybrid technologies with higher incremental efficiency. Hence, AZEP cycles are a promising option to be considered for solar–thermal hybridization.


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