Cost Effective Solar Power Generation and MED Desalination: A Case Study
Previously published as part of The International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress Proceedings, Perth-Australia 2011
Abstract: Solar energy has long been considered for power generation and for sea water desalination. With the improvement in efficiency of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) collectors and their industrial development this is becoming more cost effective and competitive compared to traditional energy sources.
This paper presents an industrial project currently under realization where CSP collectors are associated with a steam turbine to produce electricity and an MED desalination unit to produce the water needed for the power plant as well as potable water for the neighboring town.
We will look into the technical challenges faced and how they are handled using proven technologies in innovative ways. We will then analyze the economical parameters and compare them to a conventional fuel fired power plant.
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