Title Solar combined cycle with high-temperature thermochemical energy storage
Authors ORTIZ DOMÍNGUEZ, CARLOS, Tejada C. , Chacartegui R. , Bravo R. , Carro A. , Valverde J.M. , Valverde J.
External publication No
Means Energy Conv. Manag.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85107142781&doi=10.1016%2fj.enconman.2021.114274&partnerID=40&md5=b069bee1788dd09d610573357ddcf3c1
Publication date 01/01/2021
ISI 000660474100003
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85107142781
DOI 10.1016/j.enconman.2021.114274
Abstract The present work proposes integrating a high-temperature thermochemical energy storage cycle to boost the solar contribution in solar combined cycles. The main feature of the plant is the possibility of storing solar energy at a very high temperature and releasing it on demand to drive the combined cycle in the absence of solar radiation. Based on the reversible calcination-carbonation of CaCO3/CaO, the Calcium-looping process is proposed since it allows power production above 900 °C by using cheap, non-toxic and widely available raw materials (i.e. limestone or dolomite). Based on an air-open and a CO2-closed combined cycle, two potential configurations are modelled and analysed, including designing a 360° solar field with a 200-meter tower. The novel solar combined cycle analyzed in the present work enhances the annual solar share above 50%, whilst the current state-of-the-art technology is below 15%. From actual solar irradiation data and clustering analysis, results show overall plant efficiencies over 45% (considering off-design performance) with a very high dispatchability, which justifies the interest in further developing this novel cycle. © 2021 Elsevier Ltd
Keywords Calcium-looping; Combined cycle; CSP; Dispatchability; Limestone; Solar; Solar share; Thermochemical energy storage
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