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dc.contributor.authorPeiró Bell-lloch, Gerard
dc.contributor.authorGasia, Jaume
dc.contributor.authorMiró, Laia
dc.contributor.authorPrieto, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorCabeza, Luisa F.
dc.description.abstractThe selection of a proper heat transfer fluid (HTF) is a key factor to increase the efficiency of concentrated solar power plants and therefore, to reduce their internal associated CAPEX (capital expenditures of developing and constructing a plant, excluding any grid-connection charges) and OPEX (operating expenditures from the first year of a project's operation). This paper presents a comparative study of two commercial HTF which are widely used in different industries and CSP plants: thermal oil Therminol VP-1 and silicone fluid Syltherm 800. First, the authors theoretically studied the properties of both HTF based on the data given by the manufactures. Afterwards, the authors experimentally perform the comparison in a two-tank molten salt thermal energy storage pilot plant built at the University of Lleida (Spain). The study is focused on the plate heat exchanger of the facility during several charging processes with a counter flow arrangement. Results from both studies showed that, for the same working conditions, Therminol VP-1 is the best candidate for the above-mentioned purposes due to its higher heat transfer, lower thermal losses and lower power consumption associated to the HTF pump. However, it presents problems a low crystallization point, which should also be considered.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research leading to these results has received funding from Spanish goverment (Fondo tecnológico IDI-20090393, ConSOLida CENIT 2008-1005) and from Abengoa Solar NT. The work is partially funded by the Spanish government (ENE2008-06687-C02-01/CON, ENE2011-22722, ULLE10-4E-1305 and ENE2015-64117-C5-1-R (MINECO/FEDER)). The authors would like to thank the Catalan Government for the quality accreditation given to their research group GREA (2014 SGR 123). This project has also received funding from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) under Grant agreement NºPIRSES-GA-2013-610692 (INNOSTORAGE) and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 657466 (INPATH-TES). Laia Miró would like to thank the Spanish Government for her research fellowship (BES-2012-051861). Jaume Gasia would like to thank the Departament d’Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informació de la Generalitat de Catalunya for his research fellowship (2017FI_B1 00092). The authors would like to thank Dr. Eduard Oró from Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (Spain) and Dr. Antoni Gil from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) for their help during the initial stages of the experimentation.
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dc.relation.ispartofRenewable Energy, 2017, vol. 113, p. 148–158
dc.rightscc-by-nc-nd (c) Elsevier, 2017
dc.subjectHeat transfer fluid
dc.subjectTherminol VP-1
dc.subjectSyltherm 800
dc.subjectMolten salts
dc.subjectConcentrated solar power plant
dc.subjectPlate heat exchanger
dc.titleInfluence of the heat transfer fluid in a CSP plant molten salts charging process

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