Problem 4.4 - Solar Pond Hybrid Steam Power Plant

We wish to evaluate the proposed Solar-Pond Steam Power Plant shown in the following diagram. A solar pond is a large body of water having a varying salinity gradient (halocline) which traps the sun's energy such that the storage layer at the bottom of the pond can reach temperatures of greater than 100°C. The diagram following shows the initial design of a low pressure solar-pond steam power plant, using the storage layer as the boiler heat source, and the upper layer as the heat sink. Notice the wood-fired superheater in which the steam at the outlet of the boiler is heated from 100°C to 250°C.

Justify all values used and derive all equations used starting from the basic energy equation for a flow system.


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