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Analysis of weather and electricity prices for solar thermal power applications

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that utilises mirrors (heliostats) to focuses the sun’s rays on a solar receiver to provide heat that can be stored and used for electricity generation.Control and planning of the use of stored energy would greatly benefit from a detailed understanding of the statistical characteristics of:direct solar irradiation (DNI)other weather variables (e.g. dust in air)electricity prices on the real-time market.The aim of this project will be to develop suitable statistical models that will enable …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Solar thermal power materials testing and analysis

Concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technology presents a number of materials based challenges.Corrosive media, elevated temperatures and thermal transients in combination with mechanical stresses can induce various degradation mechanisms which affect the durability of plant components.The QUT Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI) Materials group are investigating many variations of structural materials in conjunction with CSP environments to better understand these degradation mechanisms and provide materials information to the CSP community.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science
Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Control of concentrating solar thermal power plants

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a technology that utilises mirrors (heliostats) to focus the sun’s rays on a solar receiver. This provides heat for a power generation cycle, creating thermal energy.Control of the heat transfer fluid temperature in the solar receiver is crucial for the efficient use/storage of thermal energy and to minimise the degradation of the receiver. The aim of this project is to design controllers for the heat transfer fluid pumps and the heliostats using a previously developed …

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)

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