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A protocol for evaluating thermal performance of 14 solar steam generators for the Kogan Creek solar boost project

Watson, Bond (2012) A protocol for evaluating thermal performance of 14 solar steam generators for the Kogan Creek solar boost project. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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The Kogan Creek Solar Boost is a world-first commercial project that sees AREVA Solar designing, supplying and constructing CLFR-based solar steam generators for CS Energy, a major power generation company in Queensland, Australia. Part of the requirements of the Project is that AREVA Solar must performance test the technology and prove that it will produce the energy required with known solar radiation input.

In this dissertation, the current research in performance modelling, simulation, validation and testing of CLFR technology will be explored as a means to provide a guideline for developing a test protocol for the Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project. There were significant publications in the area of performance modelling, simulation and (sometimes) validation of mathematical models for CLFR receivers and reflectors. In the area of validating mathematical models of actual CLFR technology, the area is not well published; performance testing of CLFR projects is further scarce. Only one technical standard exists for developing test protocol, however, this imposes limitations and does not allow for working-fluid phase-change processes. Guidelines for developing test protocol are scant, with only the NREL having published their interim work for performance testing of parabolic trough solar fields.

Through combining the results of the CLFR mathematical modelling and the NREL parabolic trough performance acceptance testing guidelines, a guideline for CLFR can be developed and this is presented in this Dissertation. There is still considerable work in this area, and this is evidenced by the formation of an ASME Committee that is to develop a Performance Test Code as a definitive technical standard for all solar thermal technologies over the coming years. In the interim, in lieu of the availability of technical standards, the results from this Dissertation can inform and guide the development of a test protocol for the solar steam generators to be installed on the Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project.

Publication Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
Supervisor: Pryor, Trevor
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