Derivation of a Levelized Cost of Coating (LCOC) Metric for Evaluation of Solar Selective Absorber Materials

C.K. Ho, J.E. Pacheco
2015 Energy Procedia  
A new metric, the Levelized Cost of Coating (LCOC), is derived in this paper to evaluate and compare alternative solar selective absorber coatings against a baseline coating (Pyromark 2500). In contrast to previous metrics that focused only on the optical performance of the coating, the LCOC includes costs, durability, and optical performance for more comprehensive comparisons among candidate materials. The LCOC is defined as the annualized marginal cost of the coating to produce a baseline
more » ... duce a baseline annual thermal energy production. Costs include the cost of materials and labor for initial application and reapplication of the coating, as well as the cost of additional or fewer heliostats to yield the same annual thermal energy production as the baseline coating. Results show that important factors impacting the LCOC include the initial solar absorptance, thermal emittance, reapplication interval, degradation rate, reapplication cost, and downtime during reapplication. The LCOC can also be used to determine the optimal reapplication interval to minimize the levelized cost of energy production. Similar methods can be applied more generally to determine the levelized cost of component for other applications and systems.
doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2015.03.048 fatcat:3j4hzx5pizdkfiwekf6emyskt4