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Hybrid Photovoltaic (PV) - Concentrated Solar Thermal Power (CSP) Power Plants: Modelling, Simulation and Economics


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Publication Details
Authors: Hlusiak Markus, Götz Marco, Bedoya Diaz Héctor Andrés, Breyer Christian
Publication year: 2014
Language: English
Title of parent publication: 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - Proceedings of the international Conference
ISBN: 3-936338-34-5
ISSN: 2196-0992
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
Open Access: Open Access publication

Abstract
The benefits of hybridising two solar technologies are not clear at first sight. Combining the low cost electricity generation by photovoltaics (PV) with the cheap thermal energy storage option available to concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) plants is what makes this package interesting. In this work we simulate hybrid power plants over the course of one year using historical hourly weather data on the input side and synthetic load data on a national level on the output side. In addition to examining pure PV-CSP plants we also consider adding wind power and direct battery storage to the mix. The economics of such combinations are determined and compared. The results show that PV-CSP hybrids are a viable option to provide an output profile following national electricity demand. We also show that when allowing a wide range of power generation and storage technologies, at any given location many different combinations lead to levelised electricity costs not too far above the minimal possible costs for any renewable power source.

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