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dc.contributor.authorPrieto, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorOsuna, Rafael
dc.contributor.authorFernández Renna, Ana Inés
dc.contributor.authorCabeza, Luisa F.
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents the importance of the thermal losses in the performance evaluation of thermal storage systems. In order to reinforce this statement, an evaluation of a pilot plant whose size is sufficiently representative for the extrapolation of results at larger scales has been carried out. The evaluation of the heat losses of a molten salt pilot plant with 8.1 MWhth built in Spain by Abengoa is presented. While the storage materials development has attracted a lot of attention from the researchers, the performance of a two-tank storage system has not been evaluated in detail. The relevance of the design of conventional systems such as insulation, mechanical assembly or foundation, are found to be the key for the feasibility of a TES system. Different performance scenarios were performed and based on experimental results, decisions for reengineering of the pilot plant could be taken to improve commercial storage plants.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research leading to these results has received funding from Spanish goverment (Fondo tecnológicoIDI-20090393, ConSOLida CENIT 2008-1005). The work is partially funded by the Spanish government (ENE2011-28269-C03-02, ENE2011-22722). The authors would like to thank the Catalan Government for the quality accreditation given to their research group GREA (2014 SGR 123) and research group DIOPMA (2014 SGR 1543).
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dc.relation.ispartofRenewable Energy, 2016, vol. 94, p. 175-185
dc.rightscc-by-nc-nd, (c) Elsevier, 2016
dc.subject.classificationEnergia tèrmica solar
dc.subject.classificationCentrals solars
dc.subject.otherSolar thermal energy
dc.subject.otherSolar power plants
dc.titleMolten salt facilities, lessons learnt at pilot plant scale to guarantee commercial plants; heat losses evaluation and correction

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