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Title: A user's manual for DELSOL3: A computer code for calculating the optical performance and optimal system design for solar thermal central receiver plants

Abstract

DELSOL3 is a revised and updated version of the DELSOL2 computer program (SAND81-8237) for calculating collector field performance and layout and optimal system design for solar thermal central receiver plants. The code consists of a detailed model of the optical performance, a simpler model of the non-optical performance, an algorithm for field layout, and a searching algorithm to find the best system design based on energy cost. The latter two features are coupled to a cost model of central receiver components and an economic model for calculating energy costs. The code can handle flat, focused and/or canted heliostats, and external cylindrical, multi-aperture cavity, and flat plate receivers. The program optimizes the tower height, receiver size, field layout, heliostat spacings, and tower position at user specified power levels subject to flux limits on the receiver and land constraints for field layout. DELSOL3 maintains the advantages of speed and accuracy which are characteristics of DELSOL2.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
7228886
Report Number(s):
SAND86-8018
ON: DE87003598
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-76DR00789
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products. Original copy available until stock is exhausted. Includes 5 sheets of 48x reduction microfiche
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; CENTRAL RECEIVERS; COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN; HELIOSTATS; PERFORMANCE; ALIGNMENT; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; ECONOMICS; OPTIMIZATION; EQUIPMENT; SIMULATION; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; SOLAR RECEIVERS; CSP; Concentrating Solar Power; 140702* - Solar Thermal Power Systems- Central Receiver

Citation Formats

Kistler, B L. A user's manual for DELSOL3: A computer code for calculating the optical performance and optimal system design for solar thermal central receiver plants. United States: N. p., 1986. Web. doi:10.2172/7228886.
Kistler, B L. A user's manual for DELSOL3: A computer code for calculating the optical performance and optimal system design for solar thermal central receiver plants. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/7228886
Kistler, B L. Sat . "A user's manual for DELSOL3: A computer code for calculating the optical performance and optimal system design for solar thermal central receiver plants". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/7228886. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/7228886.
@article{osti_7228886,
title = {A user's manual for DELSOL3: A computer code for calculating the optical performance and optimal system design for solar thermal central receiver plants},
author = {Kistler, B L},
abstractNote = {DELSOL3 is a revised and updated version of the DELSOL2 computer program (SAND81-8237) for calculating collector field performance and layout and optimal system design for solar thermal central receiver plants. The code consists of a detailed model of the optical performance, a simpler model of the non-optical performance, an algorithm for field layout, and a searching algorithm to find the best system design based on energy cost. The latter two features are coupled to a cost model of central receiver components and an economic model for calculating energy costs. The code can handle flat, focused and/or canted heliostats, and external cylindrical, multi-aperture cavity, and flat plate receivers. The program optimizes the tower height, receiver size, field layout, heliostat spacings, and tower position at user specified power levels subject to flux limits on the receiver and land constraints for field layout. DELSOL3 maintains the advantages of speed and accuracy which are characteristics of DELSOL2.},
doi = {10.2172/7228886},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/7228886}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1986},
month = {11}
}