Initial appraisal of solar thermal electric energy in Tibet and Xinjiang Provinces, People`s Republic of China

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At the request of US sponsors Spencer Management Associates (SMA) and Sun{diamond}Lab, China`s Center for Renewable Energy Development and former Ministry of Electric Power conducted an initial appraisal of the issues involved with developing China`s first solar thermal electric power plant in the sunbelt regions of Tibet or Xinjiang provinces. The appraisal concerns development of a large-scale, grid-connected solar trough or tower project capable of producing 30 or more megawatts of electricity. Several of the findings suggest that Tibet could be a niche market for solar thermal power because a solar plant may be the low-cost option relative to other ... continued below

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Junfeng, Li; Li, Zhu; Zhan, Liu; Yuan, Zhang; Washom, Byron & Kolb, Gregory July 1, 1998.

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  • Junfeng, Li Energy Research Inst., Beijing (China). Center for Renewable Energy Development
  • Li, Zhu Energy Research Inst., Beijing (China). Center for Renewable Energy Development
  • Zhan, Liu State Power Company (China)
  • Yuan, Zhang State Power Company (China)
  • Washom, Byron Spencer Management Associates, USA
  • Kolb, Gregory Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM (United States). Sun-Lab (United States).

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    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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At the request of US sponsors Spencer Management Associates (SMA) and Sun{diamond}Lab, China`s Center for Renewable Energy Development and former Ministry of Electric Power conducted an initial appraisal of the issues involved with developing China`s first solar thermal electric power plant in the sunbelt regions of Tibet or Xinjiang provinces. The appraisal concerns development of a large-scale, grid-connected solar trough or tower project capable of producing 30 or more megawatts of electricity. Several of the findings suggest that Tibet could be a niche market for solar thermal power because a solar plant may be the low-cost option relative to other methods of generating electricity. China has studied the concept of a solar thermal power plant for quite some time. In 1992, it completed a pre-feasibility study for a SEGS-type parabolic trough plant with the aid of Israel`s United Development Limited. Because the findings were positive, both parties agreed to conduct a full-scale feasibility study. However, due to funding constraints, the study was postponed. Most recently, Sun{diamond}Lab and SMA asked China to broaden the analysis to include tower as well as trough concepts. The findings of this most recent investigation completed i November of 1997, are the subject of this paper. The main conclusions of all studies conducted to date suggest that a region in the proximity of Lhasa, Tibet, offers the best near-term opportunity within China. The opportunities for solar thermal power plants in other regions of China were also investigated.

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  • 9. international symposium on solar thermal concentrating technologies, Odeillo (France), 22-26 Jun 1998

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  • Other: DE98003546
  • Report No.: SAND--98-1492C
  • Report No.: CONF-980663--
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 663592
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc707464

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Junfeng, Li; Li, Zhu; Zhan, Liu; Yuan, Zhang; Washom, Byron & Kolb, Gregory. Initial appraisal of solar thermal electric energy in Tibet and Xinjiang Provinces, People`s Republic of China, article, July 1, 1998; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc707464/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.