Summary and Activities
Strategic planning of a CSP facility involves a number of steps - site evaluation, socio-economic assessment, environmental assessment, and system modeling and optimization. All these steps must be taken before investment is made, and work has begun. Feasibility analysis requires several iterations and special expertise to justify the decision. This lesson introduced you to a few useful tools and methods to start with.
After you have covered the assigned readings for this lesson, please complete the following assignments:
|Discussion Forum||Discussion Forum "Social benefits of solar thermal systems": Lesson 8
What, in your opinion, is the most important benefit of CSP technology for local economy and society in general?
Note: I hope you are familiar with the SAM software, since it was used in your EME 810 course. If you are missing that prerequisite, go to this EME 810 page to learn how to install and run SAM.
References for Lesson 8
Lovegrove, K., Stein W., Concentrating Solar Power Technology, Woodhead Publishing, 2012.
NREL, 2013 / http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/56290.pdf
Eilbert, A., The Trade-Off Between Water and Energy: CSP Cooling Systems Dry Out in California, Revolt - Worldwatch Institute, 2010.
Caldes, N., Varela, M., Santamaria, M., and Saez, R., Economic impact of solar thermal electricity deployment in Spain, Energy Policy 37, 1628-1636 (2009).
Lechon, Y., de la Rua, C., and Saez, R., Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Electricity Production by Solar thermal Power Plants in Spain, J. Solar Energy Eng., 130, (2008).