Author(s) McMahan, Andrew C. Writer College of Wisconsin-Madison Citation McMahan, A.C. (2006). Design Optimization of Organic Rankine Cycle Solar-Thermal Powerplants. Master’s Thesis, College of Wisconsin-Madison. Date 2006 Subject(s) Thesis (M.S.)–College of Wisconsin–Madison, 2006. Dissertations Academic Mechanical Engineering. College of Wisconsin–Madison. College of Engineering. Abstract Solar-thermal powerplants have enjoyed limited success within the energy sell to date.
The opportunity to better characterize the performance of existing solar-thermal technologies
in addition to investigate the potential for technology is an important part of developing
more economically viable designs. For this finish, computer models and simulation
capacity are coded in this thesis to calculate the performance of countless emerging
solar-thermal powerplant technologies. Particularly, types of organic Rankine cycles
and packed-bed stratified (thermocline) thermal energy storage systems are developed.
These models give a low-cost context for analyzing the look and optimization (both
economic and engineering) of solar-thermal technologies that demonstrate tremendous
Organic Rankine cycles have unique qualities which are suitable to solar energy
generation. The thermodynamic potential of the variety organic Rankine cycle working
fluids and configurations are examined. Additionally, an over-all economic optimization
methodology for solar-thermal organic Rankine cycle powerplants is developed and
The methodology is used for an existing plant design which demonstrates
possibilities for more optimization in current design practice.
Thermal energy storage enables powerplant output to become tailored to satisfy finish-user
demands. The look and integration of thermal energy storage systems is discussed.
Plant operating and control strategies for various utility prices schedules are
developed and examined. The opportunity of thermal energy storage to affect the
economic appeal of solar energy generation is proven to become heavily determined by
energy market structure and utility prices strategies. Description Underneath the supervision of Professor Sanford A. Klein 216pp. Permanent link digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/7889 Export Export to RefWorks
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