Concentrated Solar Power
Concentrated Solar Performance
TGPS conducts concentrated solar performance tests. We have experience in some of the biggest concentrated solar power plants in the world. This technology has a fast adoption due to the capability to generate electricity 24/7 plants. The importance of being able to store thermal energy for long periods of time is crucial for the profitability of the project.
Our team follows the ASME, ISO and DIN test protocols. These protocols are universally accepted as methods to measure concentrated solar efficiency in a reliable manner.
TGPS holds a large amount of precision testing instrumentation to evaluate concentrated solar performance. These instruments are used to reduced the performance testing uncertainty of the concentrated solar efficiency results.
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Performance Test Procedure
For a combined cycle performance test, there are certain specific items to place special attention in the combined cycle performance test procedure.
- Combined Cycle Isolation (thermal and electrical isolation)
- Test Boundaries Definition
- Combined Cycle Performance Guarantees
- Testing Instrumentation
- Calculation of final Combined Cycle Performance
TGPS has a diverse range of experience, not only in the CC configuration, but also in complex evaluation of projects that occurs in a multi-stage testing program as defined in the ASME PTC 46.
Acceptance Test vs Diagnostic Test
Depending on the objective of testing certain parameters are more critical than others. Only an experience power plant performance engineer can guide the process through the most efficient path to achieve the specific objectives. For a contractual performance test topics such as test uncertainty, performance guarantees are more relevant. In a diagnostic test, not only these parameters are important, but also looking to historical trends, power plant upgrades, operation modes, load cycling, among others. Our team uses the latest tools to diagnostic the combined cycle performance in an accurate and practical way. Results that can impact directly the combined cycle efficiency.