Thermodynamic mechanism for hybridization of moderate-temperature solar heat with conventional fossil-fired power plant

Yawen Zhao, Hui Hong, Hongguang Jin, Peiwen Li

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The objective of this study is to achieve a higher solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency through solar-fossil hybrid thermal power systems compared to a solar-only power plant. The study reveals the thermodynamic details for the improved solar-to-electricity efficiency in a solar hybrid power plant. A correlation was established to describe the main factors influencing the thermodynamic performances, including higher collector efficiency, higher turbine efficiency and upgraded energy level of the moderate-temperature solar heat. This proposed mechanism can be applied to effectively integrate solar and fossil-fired energy in a power system. The studies took typical fossil-fired power plants to hybridize with solar heat in three approaches: preheating the feed water before it entering the boiler for coal-fired system; heating for generation of saturate steam or superheated steam in gas-fired combined cycle. The results indicate that the moderate-temperature solar and fossil hybridization technology can provide a promising direction for efficient utilization of low-grade solar heat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)832-842
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2017


  • Moderate-temperature solar heat
  • Solar-fossil hybridization
  • Solar-to-electricity efficiency
  • Upgrade of energy level

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pollution
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Energy
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation


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