A review of hybrid solar-fossil fuel power generation systems and performance metrics

Elysia J. Sheu, Alexander Mitsos*, Ahmad A. Eter, Esmail M.A. Mokheimer, Mohamed A. Habib, Amro Al-Qutub

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A literature review of hybrid solar-fossil fuel power generation is given with an emphasis on system integration and evaluation. Hybrid systems are defined as those which use solar energy and fuel simultaneously, thus excluding the viable alternative of solar thermal plants which use fossil fuels as backup. The review is divided into three main sections: performance metrics, the different concentrated solar receiver technologies and their operating conditions, and the different hybridization schemes. In addition, a new linear combination metric for analysis of hybrid systems, which considers trade-off of different metrics at the fleet level, is presented. This metric is also compared to alternative metrics from multi-objective optimization. Some previous work only evaluates the hybrid cycle at a certain point in time, which can be misleading as this evaluation would not take into account certain aspects of hybrid cycle, such as fluctuating solar supply. Furthermore, almost all previous work designs the hybrid solar-fossil fuel systems for a certain point in time and then evaluates the performance of the system for an entire year. By not taking into account fluctuating solar supply and selling price of electricity in the design of the system, the best possible annual performance of the hybrid cycle may not be reached.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041006
JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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