Novel design of central dual-receiver for solar power tower

Yan Luo, Xiaoze Du, Dongsheng Wen

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A novel dual-receiver with a surrounding solar field was proposed to improve the efficiency of a solar power tower (SPT). The new design combined an external and a cavity receiver, corresponding to the boiling and superheating sections respectively, and provided a simple yet controllable heat flux distribution on both sections. A case study of a 11 MW solar power plant was conducted. It was demonstrated that the present dual-receiver could produce superheated steam of 515 °C and 10.7 MPa at an impressive solar heat absorbing efficiency of 86.55%. By considering various heat losses, the surface heat flux, the surface temperature and the heat transfer fluid distribution were obtained for the dual-receiver. A comparison with a two-external cylindrical receiver showed that the present design could improve the global thermal efficiency by 3.2%. Off-design performance of the dual-receiver indicated that the plant performance was affected significantly by the incident solar fluxes at different times of a day. The influence of heat transfer tube size suggested that an optimized tube diameter for the superheating section of the present dual-receiver should be used.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6959
Pages (from-to)1071-1081
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
StatePublished - 5 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Dual-receiver
  • Heat loss
  • Heliostat field
  • Solar power tower


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