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Title: Techno-Economic Analysis of a Small Scale Solar Power Tower at Varied Locations

Abstract

Location selection is an important factor for the effectiveness and cost of a solar electricity generation system. Latitude and weather impact efficiency and availability, and local labor rates have a further influence on cost. To explore the impact of these effects, we performed techno-economic analysis of a small-scale solar power tower concept in six different locations in the United States, Australia, and India. The specific configuration we considered has a nominal power rating of 100 kWe and 5 hours of thermal energy storage. Further, we considered two deployment strategies: a single stand-alone 100 kWe tower, and a 20 MWe cluster of many towers. For each scenario, we used a probabilistic analysis method to evaluate levelized cost of electricity. We found that this configuration has potential for cost-competitive electricity generation and the ability to improve grid flexibility for integration of intermittent renewables. In addition, solar resource, latitude, and local labor rates all have an impact on the levelized cost of electricity of the system.

Authors:
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  1. Colorado School of Mines
  2. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  3. Bucknell University
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1487317
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5500-72962
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at SolarPACES 2017: International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, 26-29 September 2018, Santiago, Chile
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; techno-economic analysis; solar power tower; solar electricity; power generation

Citation Formats

Rea, Jonathan E., Glatzmaier, Gregory C, Oshman, Christopher, Parilla, Philip A, Siegel, Nathan P., Ginley, David S, and Toberer, Eric. Techno-Economic Analysis of a Small Scale Solar Power Tower at Varied Locations. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1063/1.5067070.
Rea, Jonathan E., Glatzmaier, Gregory C, Oshman, Christopher, Parilla, Philip A, Siegel, Nathan P., Ginley, David S, & Toberer, Eric. Techno-Economic Analysis of a Small Scale Solar Power Tower at Varied Locations. United States. doi:10.1063/1.5067070.
Rea, Jonathan E., Glatzmaier, Gregory C, Oshman, Christopher, Parilla, Philip A, Siegel, Nathan P., Ginley, David S, and Toberer, Eric. Thu . "Techno-Economic Analysis of a Small Scale Solar Power Tower at Varied Locations". United States. doi:10.1063/1.5067070.
@article{osti_1487317,
title = {Techno-Economic Analysis of a Small Scale Solar Power Tower at Varied Locations},
author = {Rea, Jonathan E. and Glatzmaier, Gregory C and Oshman, Christopher and Parilla, Philip A and Siegel, Nathan P. and Ginley, David S and Toberer, Eric},
abstractNote = {Location selection is an important factor for the effectiveness and cost of a solar electricity generation system. Latitude and weather impact efficiency and availability, and local labor rates have a further influence on cost. To explore the impact of these effects, we performed techno-economic analysis of a small-scale solar power tower concept in six different locations in the United States, Australia, and India. The specific configuration we considered has a nominal power rating of 100 kWe and 5 hours of thermal energy storage. Further, we considered two deployment strategies: a single stand-alone 100 kWe tower, and a 20 MWe cluster of many towers. For each scenario, we used a probabilistic analysis method to evaluate levelized cost of electricity. We found that this configuration has potential for cost-competitive electricity generation and the ability to improve grid flexibility for integration of intermittent renewables. In addition, solar resource, latitude, and local labor rates all have an impact on the levelized cost of electricity of the system.},
doi = {10.1063/1.5067070},
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place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {11}
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