Large Capacity Heat Storage for Extended Operation of a Solar Thermal Power Plant

Author : Peiwen Li , Jon Van Lew, Cholik Chan, Larry Sobel, Jake Stephens

A solar thermal power plant collects sunlight by its solar collectors and heats up a heat transfer fluid (types of mineral oil that are stable below a certain temperature) to a maximum temperature of around 390
celsius. The heat transfer fluid transfers heat to a working substance of the thermal power plant. From there on, the processes of power generation is almost the same as that of a regular power plant.

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