Solar Receivers for Thermal Power Generation

Solar Receivers for Thermal Power Generation

Fundamentals and Advanced Concepts

1st Edition - August 1, 2022

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  • Author: Amos Madhlopa
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323852715

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Solar Receivers for Thermal Power Generation: Fundamentals and Advanced Concepts looks at different Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems, their varying components, and the modeling and optimization of solar receivers. The book combines the detailed theory of receivers, all physical concepts in the process of converting solar radiation into electricity in CSP systems, and the main components of CSP systems, including solar concentrators, thermal receivers and power blocks. Main properties and working principles are addressed, along with the principles of solar resources and energy output of CSP systems and solar radiation. By covering different types and designs of solar receivers, heat transfer fluids, operating temperatures, and different techniques used in modeling and optimizing solar receivers, this book is targeted at academics engaged in sustainable energy engineering research and students specializing in power plant solarization.

Key Features

  • Features methods of modeling the thermal performance of different solar receivers
  • Provides step-by-step linchpins to advanced theory and practice
  • Includes global case studies surrounding progress in the development of solar receivers


Researchers and technicians working on solar thermal power engineering, as well as for academics and graduate students in energy-related programs. Academics engaged in research in the field of sustainable energy engineering

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to concentrating solar power

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Common types of concentrating solar power technology

    1.3 Solar receiver

    1.4 Thermal storage

    1.5 Power block Summary References

    Chapter 2: Solar radiation resource

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Source of solar radiation

    2.3 Components of solar radiation incident on the earth’s surface

    2.4 Components of solar radiation

    2.5 Solar angles and direction of beam radiation

    2.6 Extraterrestrial radiation and solar radiation on inclined surfaces

    2.6 Available solar radiation on the earth’s surface

    2.7 Attenuation of solar radiation when incident on opaque and transparent surfaces



    Chapter 3: Classification of solar receivers

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Adaptable heat transfer media

    3.3 Geometric design



    Chapter 4: Optical properties of materials for solar receivers

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Transmission of radiation through transparent materials

    4.3 Opaque materials



    Chapter 5: Heat transfer media and operating temperatures

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Conventional heat transfer media and operating temperatures

    5.3 Advanced heat transfer media and operating temperatures



    Chapter 6: Concepts of thermal energy storage and solar receivers

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Techniques of thermal storage

    6.3 Configuration of solar receivers and thermal storage subsystems



    Chapter 7: Thermodynamics of solar receivers

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Laws of thermodynamics

    7.3 Energy analysis

    7.4 Exergy analysis

    7.5 Entropy generation



    Chapter 8: Hydrodynamics of solar receivers

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Ideal and real fluids

    8.3 Hydrodynamic equations

    8.4 Fluid flow classification

    8.5 Flow instabilities in solar receivers

    8.6 Pressure drop in solar receivers


    Chapter 9: Thermomechanical stresses in solar receivers

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Thermal stresses

    9.3 Mechanical stresses



    Chapter 10: Modelling and optimization of solar receivers

    10.1 Optical performance

    10.2 Thermodynamic performance

    10.2 Heat transfer

    10.3 Thermomechanical performance

    10.4 Methods of modelling the thermal performance of different receivers

    Chapter 11: Testing of solar materials and receivers

    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Standard methods

    11.3 Measurement of variables for performance evaluation of solar receivers

    11.4 Progress in the development of solar receivers



    Appendix A: Index

    Appendix B: Units of measurement Appendix C: Selected constants

Product details

  • No. of pages: 260
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323852715

About the Author

Amos Madhlopa

Dr Amos Madhlopa has extensive experience in teaching and research gained while working at the University of Malawi, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research interest is in sustainable energy, predominantly focusing on renewable energy technologies. In this context, he has published more than 20 articles in referred journals, two book chapters and one complete book. He was awarded an ‘Innovations for Development in Southern & Eastern Africa’ in 2003 for developing a novel solar dryer with composite absorber systems, and a Newton Fellowship in 2009 to develop a dynamic model for solar stills with double slopes at the University of Strathclyde.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Department of Energy, University of Malawi, Malawi

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