Improving renewable energy system design and operations with optimization and simulation
Renewable energy is a growing industry, and new technologies present unique challenges for both large and small energy systems. Concentrating solar power plants utilize thousands of mirrors to direct sunlight to a collection area to heat a thermal transfer ﬂuid, which can then be stored or used immediately to create electricity with a traditional steam power-generation system. The varying amounts of solar resources force plant operators to cycle the power system on and oﬀ and use dispatch strategies that can cause extra wear and tear on the components. In order to improve plant operating strategies, ...
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