• Antonio Marcos de Oliveira Siqueira Universidade Federal de Viçosa - UFV
  • Gabi Antoine Altabash American University of Beirut – AUB
  • Rayan Barhouche American University of Beirut – AUB
  • Karolina Janczewska Lodz University of Technology
  • Fábio Gonçalves Villela Universidade Federal de Viçosa - UFV
  • Luciano Figueiredo Oliveira Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco - UNIVASF



Solar Energy, Solar thermal, Parabolic trough collector, Concentrating solar power (CSP)


Solar energy has many benefits including environmental protection, economic growth, job creation, and diversity of fuel supply. Solar energy technologies can be deployed rapidly, and have the potential for global technology transfer and innovation. Various data reveals the potential of concentrated solar technologies for the electricity production. With global growing energy demand and green-house gas emission, concentrating solar power is considered as one of the promising options and has invited wide attention. In this work, a model for a 30 MW parabolic trough solar power plant system was developed for 31 different locations in Brazil, using TRNSYS simulation software, and TESS and STEC libraries. The power system consists of a parabolic trough solar collector loop connected to a power block by a series of heat exchangers. The solar collector loop consists of a field of parabolic trough collectors, stratified thermal storage tank, pump and heat exchangers to drive the power block and uses Therminol VP1 as heat transfer fluid. The results shows that the cities of Recife (PE), Fortaleza (CE), Belterra (PA), Salvador (BA) and Petrolina (PE) stand out for their high monthly values of direct normal irradiation and, resulting the highest production of energy by the same configuration of Solar Central Power Plant.


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