There are certain areas of the earth where there is high solar radiation. This radiation can be used, for example, in the form of heat. This heat, in turn, is concentrated in certain points to obtain water vapour at high temperatures. This steam is used, as in many thermal power plants, to drive a turbine and produce electricity. These plants make up a flexible energy system that can be adapted to daily demand conditions since, despite the fact that their operation is strictly linked to the amount of solar thermal energy available in the environment, through appropriate control and management of resources, the security of the electricity supply during the day can practically be guaranteed.
The operation and structure of thermal power plants are based on the Rankine cycle of steam, with the characteristic that there is no fuel burned in a boiler, since the steam is extracted directly from solar thermal radiation. With an adequate control of steam production, it is possible to contribute to the fact that the supply is adapted to the daily demand profile, providing flexibility between generation and consumption. You will be able to experience this operational flexibility thanks to the PSV-HSPP-SOF simulation software, with which you will test a multitude of generation situations, unraveling the operating principles of this type of power plant.
The PSV-HSPP-SOF software has been designed by Edibon with the aim of showing the user the basic principles of operation of solar thermal power plants, presenting in a didactic way the elements and parameters present in the generation process, as well as the interrelations between these parameters through the mathematical models integrated in the simulator.
The basic principle of solar thermal power plants is the use of heat energy from solar radiation to obtain electrical energy. There are different types of plants such as tower plants and parabolic trough plants. Solar towers consist of a large glass surface in the centre of which is a very high chimney fitted with devices similar to wind turbines. In this way, the application offers different levels of training that will provide the user with the essential knowledge and skills on the fundamental principles of operation and functioning of solar thermal power plants, where this energy transformation takes place.