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Direct steam generation in linear solar concentration: Experimental and modeling investigation – A review

Alexandre Bittencourt de Sá, Victor César Pigozzo Filho, Lounès Tadrist and Júlio César Passos

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, vol. 90, issue C, 910-936

Abstract: The present work gathers the main studies in the field of linear solar concentration operating at direct steam generation and gives a comprehensive state of the art. It discuss the direct steam generation operational strategy and advantages, and presents a brief introduction to the two-phase flow phenomena. This review shows an overview of the main experimental studies performed in the area, alongside models found in the literature. It presents the main considerations and conclusions of each model. The type of work performed by the authors is divided into sections: experimental, one-dimensional models, light water reactor evaluation software, among others. Even though direct steam generation in solar concentrators is a relatively new concept, it has been properly studied and proved to be a viable operational strategy for both new solar power plants and to generate steam for industrial heating. However, further studies on this subject must be performed. All the works here gathered may serve as a basis for these new studies.

Keywords: Linear solar concentration; DSG-direct steam generation; Two-phase flow phenomena; Experimental studies; Modeling; Renewable energy; Solar energy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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