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Intelligent Control of a Solar Thermal Power Plant - Adaption in Varying Conditions

Esko K. Juuso
University of Oulu, Control Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Oulu, Finland
Abstract—Solar thermal power plants collect available solar energy in a usable form at a temperature range which is adapted to the irradiation levels and seasonal variations. Solar energy can be collected only when the irradiation is high enough to produce the required temperatures. During the operation, a trade-off of the temperature and the flow is needed to achieve a good level for the collected power. The intelligent control system based on intelligent analyzers and predefined adaptation techniques activates special features when needed. Fast start-up, smooth operation and efficient energy collection is achieved even in variable operating condition. The state indicators react well to the changing operating conditions and can be used in smart working point control to further improve the operation. The working point can be chosen in a way which improves the efficiency of the energy collection. A trade-off of the temperature and the flow is needed to achieve a good level for the collected power.

Index Terms-solar energy, intelligent control, nonlinear systems, adaptation, optimisation

Cite: Esko K. Juuso, "Intelligent Control of a Solar Thermal Power Plant - Adaption in Varying Conditions," Jounal of Automation and Control Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 26-30, June, 2017. doi: 10.18178/joace.5.1.26-30
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