Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in the USA have developed a new supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) gas turbine capable of generating concentrated solar energy (CSP). The project is part of the US Department of Energy's APOLLO program, designed to improve performance and reduce costs of power plants based [...]
Tests at the world's highest-temperature sCO2 turbine indicate lower costs and faster ramping will make even smaller Concentrated Solar Power plants competitive, U.S. researchers told New Energy Update. Engineers at General Electric (GE) and the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) recently completed testing of the world's highest temperature supercritical carbon dioxide [...]
DOE has granted USD 4.9 million to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) so it could manufacture and test certain components for concentrated solar power (CSP) plants.
Because of the highly cyclical nature of concentrating solar power (CSP) plant operation, a supercritical CO2 (sCO2) hot gas turbo-expander must be able to operate at high temperatures.