Alfa Laval - Concentrated solar power generation

Concentrated solar power generation

Generating power that is truly renewable, clean, and dispatchable bodes well for the future. Concentrated solar power (CSP) coupled with thermal storage can help secure future energy supplies as well as deliver fresh water and heat for other uses, such as large-scale food production. Alfa Laval offers state-of-the-art technologies that are key to the supply of solar power, freshwater and heat.

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The solar future is looking bright

The sun is the Earth’s largest source of energy, yet it is still largely untapped for power production. International efforts are now underway for industrial-scale harvesting of solar energy. Several CSP plants, particularly in Spain, have been commissioned and have proven the viability of solar thermal power plants.

Installed at many of these CSP plants are Alfa Laval equipment, modules and systems, which contribute to generating solar thermal electricity. 

Alfa Laval solutions for CSP plants

Thermal storage:

  • Ultra compact oil/salt heat exchangers

Steam processes:

  • Turbine condensers
  • Feedwater pre-heaters

Auxiliary cooling:

  • Wet surface air coolers using dirty water streams, such as blow down from reverse osmosis, cooling tower or steam loop, and wastewater from local municipalities
  • Hybrid cooling solutions when coupled to Alfa Laval Dry Coolers

Solar desalination:

Power block utilities:

  • Oil coolers, oil treatment skids, auxiliary boilers

Wastewater treatment:

  • Decanters and heat exchangers

Ventajas de la generación de energía solar concentrada

  • Las soluciones de almacenamiento térmico más avanzadas del mercado
  • Desde la minimización del uso del agua hasta su fabricación
  • Gestión integral del agua en zonas áridas
  • Las ciudades más alejadas pueden obtener su energía y su agua de una central termosolar local

Generación de energía solar concentrada (CSP) con torre de sales fundidas - descripción general del proceso

  1. Intercambiador de calor de vapor-sal para el almacenamiento térmico de torres de vapor
  2. Generador de vapor para torres de sales fundidas
  3. Generadores de agua para calderas y el lavado de los espejos
  4. Bloque de potencia

Concentrador solar de aceite caliente - descripción general del proceso

  1. Intercambiador de calor de aceite-sales para el almacenamiento térmico parabólico
  2. Sistema de eliminación de residuos en un circuito de aceite térmico
  3. Refrigeración y desalinización de un condensador
  4. Bloque de potencia