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The ”Crescent Dunes Energy“ Project is a 110 MW solar thermal power station in Nevada, USA.

110 MW solar thermal power station

The ”Crescent Dunes Energy“ Project is a 110 MW solar thermal power station in Nevada, USA.

© Fraunhofer ISE
Plataforma Solar de Almerí­a in Spain. This collector was used to demonstrate the technical feasibility and practical operation of Fresnel technology for the first time in relevant dimensions. Fraunhofer ISE optimised the collector concept in accordance with the goal of minimising the specific energy generation costs.

Solar Thermal Power Plant using Fresnel Technology

Solar Thermal Power Plants

In the topic of Solar Thermal Power Plants, our fields of work include:

Power plant processes and techno-economic optimization

High-temperature storage

System and process technology

Characterization and measurements

Material and collector development

Reports and studies

 

 

In solar thermal power plants, large reflector arrays focus solar radiation onto absorbers. A heat-transfer medium (e.g. thermal oil, water/steam, molten salt or air) flows through the absorbers to withdraw the resulting heat, which can then be used to drive gas or steam turbines and produce electricity. To ensure that power can still be generated at night or during periods of cloud cover, a heat storage system is connected between the absorber and the turbine, or the solar power plant is attached to a conventional heat generator (hybrid power plant).

Challenges faced include ensuring that the solar radiation is directed onto the absorbers as effectively as possible, minimizing thermal losses, integrating exergy-efficient heat storage and keeping costs low.

Fraunhofer ISE supports the development of materials and components used in Fresnel and parabolic trough power plants, as well as solar power towers. In doing so, we use techno-economic simulation to optimize the layout of the solar arrays and the thermodynamic connection to the cyclic processes of each individual area of application. In addition to our development work, we perform experimental characterization and quality assurance, and our range of services is complemented by studies, reports and offering support with plant design.

 

 

Peter Nitz

Contact Press / Media

Dr. Peter Nitz

Solar Thermal Power Plants

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5410

Publications

 

YearTitle/AuthorDocument Type
2021Farbige gebäudeintegrierte solarthermische Kollektoren mit hohem Wirkungsgrad
Wessels, A.
Conference Paper
2020Optical and Thermo-Hydraulic Simulation and Optimization of Solar Tower Plant Receivers
Schöttl, Peter; Steinfeld, Aldo (Referent); Sansavini, Giovanni (Referent); Nitz, Peter (Referent); Fluri, Thomas (Betreuer)
Dissertation
2020Physical models of the bidirectional reflectance of solar receiver coatings
Bitterling, M.; Bern, G.; Wilson, H.R.; Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2019Experimental Assessment of Simultaneous In-Situ Heliostats Calibration Methodology HelioControl at Themis Facility
Bern, G.; Bitterling, M.; Schöttl, P.; Ferriere, A.; Volut, Y.; Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Conference Paper
2019Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop Correlations for Laminar Flow in an In-line and Staggered Array of Circular Cylinders
Fugmann, H.; Schnabel, L.; Frohnapfel, B.
Journal Article
2019HiPIMS and DC magnetron sputter-coated silver films for high-temperature durable reflectors
Gledhill, S.; Steyer, K.; Weiss, C.; Hildebrandt, C.
Journal Article
2019Measuring and Modelling the BRDF of Solar Receiver Paints
Bitterling, M.; Bern, G.; Schöttl, P.; Gledhill, S.; Wilson, H.R.; Heimsath, A.; Nitz, P.
Conference Paper
2019Multi-dimensional performance evaluation of heat exchanger surface enhancements
Fugmann, H.; Laurenz, E.; Schnabel, L.
Journal Article
2019Optimized Mirror Cleaning Strategies in PTC Plants Reducing the Water Consumption and the Levelized Cost of cleaning
Rohani, S.; Abdelnabi, N.; Fluri, T.; Heimsath, A.; Wittwer, C.; Pérez Ainsua, J.C.
Conference Paper
2019Techno-Economic Assessment of New Material Developments in Central Receiver Solar Power Plants
Zoschke, T.; Frantz, C.; Schöttl, P.; Fluri, T.; Uhlig, R.
Conference Paper
2019Thermal stability enhancement of D-mannitol for latent heat storage applications
Neumann, H.; Burger, D.; Taftanazi, Y.; Alferez Luna, M.P.; Haussmann, T.; Hagelstein, G.; Gschwander, S.
Journal Article
2018Compact Heat Exchanger Designs in Air-Cooled Condensers: Advantages and Drawbacks: Presentation held at Reduction of Water Consumption in CSP Plants - 2nd International Conference hosted by the Horizon 2020 project MinWaterCSP, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 7-8 November 2018
Fugmann, H.
Presentation
2018Confidence interval computation method for dynamic performance evaluations of solar thermal collectors
Zirkel-Hofer, A.; Perry, S.; Kramer, K.; Heimsath, A.; Scholl, S.; Platzer, W.
Journal Article
2018Efficient modeling of variable solar flux distribution on solar tower receivers by interpolation of few discrete representations
Schöttl, P.; Bern, G.; Rooyen, D. van; Flesch, J.; Fluri, T.; Nitz, P.
Journal Article
2018Enhanced dynamic performance testing method for line-concentrating solar thermal collectors
Zirkel-Hofer, Annie; Scholl, Stephan (Referent); Platzer, Werner (Referent); Krewer, Ulrike (Referent)
Dissertation
2018Evaluierung von Rotationsdruckverfahren für die Metallisierung von Silicium-Solarzellen
Lorenz, Andreas; Clement, Florian (Betreuer); Glunz, Stefan W.; Reinecke, Holger; Dörsam, Edgar
Dissertation
2018Kostenreduzierung von solarthermischen Systemen durch kombinierte technisch-wirtschaftliche Optimierung - Projekt TEWIsol
Kramer, W.; Oliva, A.; Diels, F.; Tönnes, C.
Conference Paper
2018Künstliche Intelligenz für die kostengünstige und energetisch optimierte Regelung von Heizungsanlagen: Vortrag gehalten bei GET Nord, Hamburg, Germany, 23.11.2018
Kramer, W.
Presentation
2018Künstliche Intelligenz für die Regelung solarthermischer Heizungsanlagen
Kramer, W.; Bitterling, M.
Conference Paper
2018Life Cycle Assessment of Thermal Energy Storage Materials and Components
Nienborg, B.; Gschwander, S.; Munz, G.; Fröhlich, D.; Helling, T.; Horn, R.; Weinläder, H.; Klinker, F.; Schossig, P.
Journal Article
2018Sektorenkopplung und Systemintegration. The Next Big Thing für die Energiewende
Georg, R.; Henning, H.-M.
Journal Article
2018Solarthermie in der Städtischen Energieversorgung - Energiewirtschaftliche Analyse und Quartier Freiburg-Gutleutmatten: Vortrag gehalten bei den Berliner Energietagen, Berlin, Germany, 06.05.2018-08.05.2018
Herkel, S.
Presentation
2018Techno-Economic Evaluation and Optimization of CSP Plants with ColSimCSP: Presentation held at 1st Reduction of Water Consumption in CSP Plants - New Approaches in Mirror Cleaning, Cooling & Simulations, Marrakech, Morocco, 23.04.2018
Rohani, S.; Fluri, T.; Zoschke, T.
Presentation
2018Wire Structure Heat Exchangers: Compact Designs for Efficient Heat Transport: Presentation held at Reduced Water Consumption in CSP Plants - International Conference by MinWaterCSP, Marrakech, Morocco, 24-25 April 2018
Fugmann, H.; Zapke, A.
Presentation
2017Approaches for the optimized control of solar thermally driven cooling systems
Nienborg, B.; Dalibard, A.; Schnabel, L.; Eicker, U.
Journal Article
2017Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for the Prediction of Local Outside Temperatures and Solar Yields
Kramer, W.; Bitterling, M.
Conference Paper
2017Gebäude mit überwiegend solarer Energieversorgung: Vortrag gehalten bei den Berliner Energietagen, Berlin, Germany, 03.-05. Mai 2017
Kramer, W.; Drück, H.; Steinweg, J.
Presentation
2017Neue Ansätze zur Kostenreduzierung von solarthermischen Systemen - Projekt TEWIsol
Kramer, W.
Conference Paper
2017New silicon nanocrystal materials for photovoltaic applications
Weiss, Charlotte; Ronning, Carsten (Referent); Glunz, Stefan W. (Referent); Lips, Klaus (Referent)
Dissertation
2017Optimierte Regelung von thermisch getriebenen Kühlsystemen - Simulation und Praxistest
Nienborg, B.; Schnabel, L.; Singler, J.; Dalibard, A.; Gürlich, D.
Conference Paper
2017Solare Energieversorgungskonzepte für Wohngebäude - Messtechnischen Analysen zum Betriebsverhalten und Bewertungsverfahren für die Strom- und Wärmeversorgung: Zusammenfassung
Oliva, A.; Bestenlehner, D.; Drück, H.; Bockelmann, F.; Peter, M.
Conference Paper
2017Solare Wärmeversorgung von Quartieren: Vortrag gehalten bei den Berliner Energietagen, Berlin, Germany, 03.-05. Mai 2017
Scholte, C.; Kramer, W.; Bestenlehner, D.; Orozaliev, J.
Presentation
This publication list has been generated from the publication database Fraunhofer-Publica.