Advanced solar energy utilization technology requires high-grade energy to achieve the most efficient application with compact size and least capital investment recovery period. Concentrated solar power (CSP) technology has the capability to meet thermal energy and electrical demands. Benefits of using CSP technology with parabolic trough collector (PTC) system include promising cost-effective investment, mature technology, and ease of combining with fossil fuels or other renewable energy sources. This review first covered the theoretical framework of CSP technology with PTC system. Next, the detailed derivation process of the maximum theoretical concentration ratio of the PTC was initially given. Multiple types of heat transfer fluids in tube receivers were reviewed to present the capability of application. Moreover, recent developments on heat transfer enhancement methods for CSP technology with PTC system were highlighted. As the rupture of glass covers was frequently observed during application, methods of thermal deformation restrain for tube receivers were reviewed as well. Commercial CSP plants worldwide with PTC system were presented, including those that are in operation, under construction, and announced. Finally, possible further developments of CSP plants with PTC system were outlined. Besides, suggestions for future research and application guidance were also illustrated.
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews – Elsevier
Published: Nov 1, 2017
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