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.
a) Neatly sketch the complete cycle on the pressure-enthalpy P-h diagram below, indicating clearly all 5 stations on the diagram. Once this is done then use the Steam Tables to determine the following:
b) Assuming that the turbine is adiabatic, determine the power output of the turbine [976kW].
c) Assuming that the feedwater pump is adiabatic, and that the compressed liquid experiences no change in temperature while passing through the pump, determine the power required to drive the pump [0.23kW].
d) Using steam tables, determine the heat transferred to the boiler [6210kW] as well as the heat transferred to the superheater [747kW].
e) Determine the overall thermal efficiency ηth of this power plant [14%]. (Thermal efficiency is defined as the net work done by the system (turbine and feedwater pump) divided by the total heat supplied externally).
f) Discuss the proposed system with respect to its environmental impact and feasibility. Is this a well designed system? What do you consider to be the major advantages and disadvantages of this system? Your discussion should include a comparison of the external fuel used and the turbine power as well as the absorption of oxygen and other gasses in the water.
Justify all values used
and derive all
equations used starting from the basic energy equation for a flow