DOE Solar Process Heat Program: FY1991 Solar Process Heat Prefeasibility Studies Activity

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    During fiscal year (FY) 1991, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Process Heat Program implemented a Solar Process Heat Prefeasibility Studies activity. For Program purposes, a prefeasibility study is an engineering assessment that investigates the technical and economic feasibility of a solar system for a specific application for a specific end-user. The study includes an assessment ofinstitutional issues (e.g., financing, availability of insurance, etc.) that impact the feasibility of the proposed solar project. Solar process heat technology covers solar thermal energy systems (utilizing flat plate or concentrating solar collectors) for water heating, water preheating, cooling/refrigeration, steam generation, ventilation air heating/preheating, etc. for applications inindustry, commerce, and government. The studies are selected for funding through a competitive solicitation. For FY 1991, six projects were selected for funding. As of August 31, 1992, three teams had completed their studies. This paper describes the prefeasibility studies activity, presents the results from the study performed by United Solar Technologies, and summarizes the conclusions fromthe studies that have been completed to date and their implications for the Solar Process Heat Program.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - 1992
    EventASME International Solar Energy Conference - Washington, D.C.
    Duration: 4 Apr 19939 Apr 1993


    ConferenceASME International Solar Energy Conference
    CityWashington, D.C.

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-432-5068


    • solar
    • solar process heat program
    • solar thermal


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