Results and Comparison from the SAM Linear Fresnel Technology Performance Model: Preprint

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This paper presents the new Linear Fresnel technology performance model in NREL's System Advisor Model. The model predicts the financial and technical performance of direct-steam-generation Linear Fresnel power plants, and can be used to analyze a range of system configurations. This paper presents a brief discussion of the model formulation and motivation, and provides extensive discussion ofthe model performance and financial results. The Linear Fresnel technology is also compared to other concentrating solar power technologies in both qualitative and quantitative measures. The Linear Fresnel model - developed in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute - provides users with the ability to model a variety of solar field layouts, fossil backup configurations, thermalreceiver designs, and steam generation conditions. This flexibility aims to encompass current market solutions for the DSG Linear Fresnel technology, which is seeing increasing exposure in fossil plant augmentation and stand-alone power generation applications.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 World Renewable Energy Forum - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 13 May 201217 May 2012


Conference2012 World Renewable Energy Forum
CityDenver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-54758


  • annual simulation
  • CLFR
  • CSP
  • direct steam generation
  • EPRI
  • linear fresnel
  • SAM
  • System Advisor Model


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