The Design and Installation of a Combined Concentrating Power Station, Solar Cooling System and Domestic Hot Water System

Jeremy P. Osborne, Paul Kohlenbach, Uli Jakob, Johan Dreyer, Jamey Kim
2015 Energy Procedia  
The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has built a unique tri-generation system that provides chilled water, hot water, and electricity to their new Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) building. It integrates parabolic trough collectors, flat plate collectors, photovoltaic panels, and wind power as generators with thermal and chemical energy storage. The heat from the parabolic trough collectors is used to run a small-scale Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) unit as well as a
more » ... mall-scale ammonia/water absorption chiller to provide either electricity or chilled water, respectively. The condenser heat from both units is fed into the domestic hot water (DHW) supply of the building in addition to the solar heat from the flat plate and the parabolic trough collectors. The design concept including the main system components and the system control strategy are described in detail. Further, the lessons learned during the installation and commissioning of the complex tri-generation system are given. As a novelty in this area, the tri-generation system has been specifically designed to allow students and researchers to work with it, hence this paper also describes the wide range of teaching opportunities for undergraduate and graduate engineering students as well as post-doc researchers.
doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2015.02.152 fatcat:klsa752bc5acnpqy24qwmqmcka