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The Performance of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Systems

Book Description

The Performance of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Systems: Analysis, Measurement, and Assessment offers a unique overview of the information on the state-of-the-art of analysis, measurement, and assessment of the performance of concentrated solar power (CSP) components and systems in a comprehensive, compact, and complete manner.

Following an introductory chapter to CSP systems and the fundamental principles of performance assessment, individual chapters explore the component performance of mirrors and receivers. Further expert-written chapters look at system performance assessment, durability testing, and solar resource forecasting for CSP systems. A final chapter gives an outlook on the actual methods and instruments for performance and durability assessment that are under development.

The Performance of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Systems: Analysis, Measurement, and Assessment is an essential reference text for research and development professionals and engineers working on concentrated solar power systems, as well as for postgraduate students studying CSP.

  • Presents a unique, single literature source for a complete overview of the performance assessment tools and methods currently used for concentrated solar power (CSP) technology
  • Written by a team of experts in the field of CSP
  • Provides information on the state-of-the-art of modeling, measurement, and assessment of the performance of CSP components and systems in a comprehensive, compact, and complete manner

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of contributors
  6. 1: Introduction to CSP systems and performance
    1. Abstract
    2. 1.1 General introduction to CSP
    3. 1.2 Design and components of CSP technologies
    4. 1.3 Main applications and markets
    5. 1.4 Major test laboratories (infrastructure) for CSP component testing
  7. 2: Principles of CSP performance assessment
    1. Abstract
    2. 2.1 Measurement parameters for performance assessment
    3. 2.2 Solar resource assessment
    4. 2.3 Standardization activities for CSP performance assessment
  8. Part One: CSP component performance
    1. 3: Mirrors
      1. Abstract
      2. 3.1 Introduction
      3. 3.2 Fundamentals of concentrating optics and processes in solar mirrors
      4. 3.3 Materials and configurations
      5. 3.4 Measurement and assessment
      6. 3.5 Future trends
    2. 4: Receivers
      1. Abstract
      2. 4.1 Introduction to receiver types and design, performance parameters, impact on overall system
      3. 4.2 Measurement of optical parameters on small samples
      4. 4.3 Nondestructive heat loss measurement in the laboratory
      5. 4.4 Optical performance measurement in the laboratory
  9. Part Two: CSP system performance
    1. 5: System performance measurements
      1. Abstract
      2. 5.1 Introduction
      3. 5.2 Optical assessment tools for solar systems
      4. 5.3 Performance assessment of power and energy
      5. 5.4 Outlook
  10. Part Three: Performance degradation and durability of CSP components
    1. 6: Assessment of durability and accelerated aging methodology of solar reflectors
      1. Abstract
      2. 6.1 Introduction
      3. 6.2 Outdoor testing for yield of reference data
      4. 6.3 Standards for accelerated aging
      5. 6.4 Correlating accelerated aging tests with outdoor tests
      6. 6.5 Summary and outlook
  11. Part Four: Methods and instruments under development
    1. 7: New methods and instruments for performance and durability assessment
      1. Abstract
      2. 7.1 Component performance
      3. 7.2 System performance
      4. 7.3 Durability assessment
      5. 7.4 New guidelines and standards under development
    2. 8: Methods to provide meteorological forecasts for optimum CSP system operations
      1. Abstract
      2. 8.1 Introduction
      3. 8.2 Forecasting irradiances
      4. 8.3 Nowcasting irradiances
      5. 8.4 Future developments
  12. Index