Solar Chimney Power Plant Generating Technology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128053706, 9780128092934

Solar Chimney Power Plant Generating Technology

1st Edition

Editors: Tingzhen Ming
eBook ISBN: 9780128092934
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128053706
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th March 2016
Page Count: 246
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Solar Chimney Power Plant Generating Technology presents the latest advanced solar chimney power generating technologies to help engineers acquire a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental theories, technologies, and applications of solar chimney power generating systems. The book includes comprehensive theories, very detailed technologies, and many well-illustrated, basic configurations of different types of systems, enabling readers to understand the fundamental theory, the design methods of solar chimney systems, and the basic parameters of the construction and operation of these systems.

Key Features

  • Includes comprehensive theories, very detailed technologies, and many basic configurations of different types of systems
  • Covers the basic mechanisms of fluid flow, heat transfer, power output, energy storage, and operational procedures of SCPPS (solar chimney power plant system) turbines
  • Focuses on thermodynamic theory, helio-aero-gravity effect, fluid flow and heat transfer characteristics, design for SC turbine, energy storage, and the effect of ambient crosswinds


Researchers, engineers, graduate students, and teachers in the fields of solar energy power generating technology, renewable energy technology, heat transfer, energy storage, and global warming.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Background introduction
1.1.1The energy issue and the status quo
1.1.2 China’s energy policy and prospect
1.1.3 Solar power generating technologies and the status quo
1.2 Solar chimney power plant system
1.2.1 The appearance of solar chimney power plant system
1.2.2 Advantages of SCPPS
1.2.3 Weaknesses of SCPPS
1.3 Research progress
1.3.1 Experiments and prototypes
1.3.2 Theoretical research
1.3.3 Economic and ecological theory and feasibility studies
1.3.4 Potential application of SCPPS
1.4 Research contents of this book

2 Thermodynamic fundamentals
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Thermodynamic cycle
2.3 Thermal efficiency
2.4 Results and analysis
2.4.1 Computation results for the Spanish prototype
2.4.2 Computation results for commercial SC systems
2.5 Effect of various parameters
2.5.1 Influence of turbine efficiency
2.5.2 Influence of chimney height and diameter
2.5.3  Influence of collector diameter
2.5.4 The influence of the solar radiation
2.5.5 The influence of ambient temperature
2.6  Conclusions

3 Helio-Aero-Gravity (HAG) Effect of SC
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Relative static pressure
3.3 Driving force
3.4 Power output and efficiency
3.5 Results and discussions
3.6 Conclusions

4 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer of Solar Chimney Power Plant
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Theoretical models
4.2.1 Physics model
4.2.2 Mathematical model
4.2.3 Boundary conditions and solution method
4.3 Results and discussion
4.4 Helical heat-collecting solar chimney power plant system
4.5 Mathematical and Physical Model
4.5.1 Physical model
4.5.2 Mathematical model
4.5.3 Solving determinant condition and solution
4.6 Validition
4.7 Computation results and analysis
4.7.1 Comparison on flow and heat transfer characteristics
4.7.2 Comparison of output power for the two type of models
4.7.3 Comparison of 7different helical-wall SC systems
4.7.4 Contrast on collector’s initial investment
4.8 Conclusion

5 Design and simulation method for SC turbines
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Numerical Models
5.3 Mathematical models
5.3.1 In the collector and chimney regions
5.3.2 In the turbine region
5.4 Near-wall treatments for turbulent flows
5.5 Numerical simulation method
5.6 Results and discussions
5.6.1 Validity of the method for the Spanish prototype
5.6.2 Characteristic of 3-blade turbine for the Spanish prototype
5.6.3 Results for MW-graced solar chimney
5.7 Conclusions

6 Energy Storage of Solar Chimney
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Numerical models
6.2.1 System description
6.2.2 Theoretical modeling
6.2.3 Boundary conditions and initial conditions
6.2.4 Solution method
6.3 Reliability of the simulation method
6.4 Results and discussion
6.5 Conclusions

7 Numerical Analysis on the Influence of Ambient Crosswind on the Performance of Solar Updraft Power Plant System
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Model Description
7.2.1 Geometric model
7.2.2 Mathematical model
7.2.3 Boundary conditions
7.2.4 Meshing skills
7.2.5 Computational procedure
7.2.6 Selection of ambient geometrical dimensions
7.3 Results and discussion
7.3.1 Comparison of flow performances
7.3.2 Comparison of relative static pressure contours
7.3.3 Comparison of temperature contours
7.3.4 Comparison of system temperature increase, driving force and updraft velocity
7.3.5 Influence of crosswind with turbine pressure drop
7.3.6 Main Findings
7.4 SC Model with blockage
7.5 Results and discussion
7.5.1 Comparison of relative static pressure contours
7.5.2 Flow characteristics near the collector inlet
7.5.3 Comparison of system temperature increase and driving force
7.5.4 Comparison of system output power
7.5.5 Main Findings

8 Experimental investigation of a solar chimney prototype
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Experimental setup
8.3 Disposal of measurement points
8.4 Results and discussion
8.4.1Variations of temperature with time
8.4.2 Variations of air temperature and velocity in the chimney
8.4.3 Temperature distributions of the system
8.5 Conclusions

9.Research Prospects
9.1 Thermodynamic theory for the large-scale SCPP
9.2 External fluid flow and heat transfer in large-scale channels
9.3 Turbine running theory for the large-scale SCPPS
9.4 The impacts of environmental factors on of large-scale SCPPS
9.5 New-type large-scale SCPPS


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About the Editor

Tingzhen Ming

Dr. Tingzhen Ming got his PhD degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in 2007. He is the Associate professor at School of Energy and Power Engineering, HUST, and Visiting Scholar in University of Florida, USA. His research interests are solar energy, renewable energy, building energy technology, heat transfer, etc. Dr. Ming has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and one book.

He is an editor of Energy Science and Technology published by Canadian Research & Development Center of Sciences and Cultures (CRDCSC).

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

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