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SCIENCE CHINA Technological Sciences, Volume 59 , Issue 2 : 322-329(2016) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11431-015-5956-3

Performance analysis of a solar-aided power generation (SAPG) plant using specific consumption theory

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  • ReceivedAug 2, 2015
  • AcceptedOct 20, 2015
  • PublishedJan 27, 2016

Abstract

In contrast to a traditional coal-fired power generation plant where steam extracted from a turbine is used to preheat the feedwater in all preheating stages, a solar-aided power generation (SAPG) plant uses solar heat to replace a part or all of the extracted steam in one or more preheating stages. The performance of an SAPG plant with different replacements is investigated in this study by using specific consumption theory (SCT). Fuel-specific and cost-specific consumption models for SAPG plants are built based on the SCT. A typical 330 MW coal-fired power plant is used as the study case. The performance of the SAPG plant in terms of specific consumption, with steam obtained from the first through the eighth (except for the fourth) stages of extraction replaced by solar heat, is compared with that of the reference coal-fired power plant. The fuel-specific consumption of the SAPG plant is determined to be lower than that of the reference coal-fired power plant. The fuel-specific consumption accrual distribution in SAPG plants is used to assess the effect of each individual replacement. Effective strategies to reduce the specific costs of the SAPG and coal-fired power plants are proposed based on the results of this study.


Acknowledgment

This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China ("973" Project) (Grant No. 2015CB251505), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51206049), the National Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China ("863" Project) (2012AA050604), the 111 Project (Grant No. B12034), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 2014XS29).


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