SMUD Kokhala Power Tower Study

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Kokhala is the name of a new hybridized power tower design which integrates a nitrate-salt solar power tower with a gas turbine combined-cycle power plant. This integration achieves high value energy, low costs, and lower investor risk than a conventional solar only power tower plant. One of the primary advantages of this system is that it makes small power tower plants much more economically competitive with conventional power generation technologies. This paper is an overview of a study that performed a conceptual evaluation of a small (30 MWe) commercial plant suitable for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District`s (SMUD) Rancho Seco ... continued below

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Price, Henry W.; Whitney, Daniel D. & Beebe, H.I. June 1, 1997.

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Kokhala is the name of a new hybridized power tower design which integrates a nitrate-salt solar power tower with a gas turbine combined-cycle power plant. This integration achieves high value energy, low costs, and lower investor risk than a conventional solar only power tower plant. One of the primary advantages of this system is that it makes small power tower plants much more economically competitive with conventional power generation technologies. This paper is an overview of a study that performed a conceptual evaluation of a small (30 MWe) commercial plant suitable for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District`s (SMUD) Rancho Seco power plant site near Sacramento, California. This paper discusses the motivation for using a small hybrid solar plant and provides an overview of the analysis methodology used in the study. The results indicate that a power tower integrated with an advanced gas turbine, combined with Sacramento`s summer solar resource, could produce a low- risk, economically viable power generation project in the near future.

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OSTI as DE97006926

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  • 1996 American Society of Mechanical Engineers international solar energy conference, San Antonio, TX (United States), 31 Mar - 3 Apr 1996

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  • Other: DE97006926
  • Report No.: NREL/CP--550-23126
  • Report No.: CONF-9603117--
  • Grant Number: AC36-83CH10093
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 629317
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc694948

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Price, Henry W.; Whitney, Daniel D. & Beebe, H.I. SMUD Kokhala Power Tower Study, article, June 1, 1997; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc694948/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.