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Conception optimale de centrales solaires à concentration : application aux centrales à tour et aux installations "beam down"

Abstract : Since the early 40's, world energy consumption has grown steadly. While this energy mainly came from fossil fuel, its use has included an increase in temperatures. It has become urgent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to halt climate change. In this context, the development of concentrated solar power (CSP) is a promising solution. The scientific community related to this topic has to focus on efficiency enhancement and economic competitiveness of CSP technologies. To this end, this thesis aims at providing an optimal design method applied to central receiver power plants. It takes advantage of methods developed over many years by the research group StaRWest. Both RAPSODEE (Albi), LAPLACE (Toulouse) and PROMES (Odeillo) researchers take an active part in this group. Coupling high performance Monte Carlo algorithms and stochastic optimization methods, the code we developed allows an optimal design of concentrated solar systems. This code is used to highlight the potential of an uncommon type of central receiver plants: reflective towers, also called "beam down" central receiver systems.
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Olivier Farges. Conception optimale de centrales solaires à concentration : application aux centrales à tour et aux installations "beam down". Génie des procédés. Ecole des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014EMAC0006⟩. ⟨tel-01135529⟩

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