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Conference Papers in Energy
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 849407, 10 pages
Conference Paper

Comparative Assessment of an Innovative Dry-Cooled CSP System

1American University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 26666, Sharjah, UAE
2Electricity Authority of Cyprus, P.O. Box 24506, 1399 Nicosia, Cyprus

Received 23 October 2012; Accepted 14 February 2013

Academic Editors: Y. Al-Assaf, P. Demokritou, and C. Sourkounis

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Ioannis Hadjipaschalis at “Power Options for the Eastern Mediterranean Region” held from 19 November 2012 to 21 November 2012 in Limassol, Cyprus.

Copyright © 2013 Andreas Poullikkas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A comparative optimization assessment is carried out in order to identify the competitiveness of an innovative modular air-cooled condenser (MACC) system in relation to conventional water- or air-cooled condensers. Specifically, the technoeconomic performance of the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) technology, the parabolic trough concentrated solar power (CSP) technology, and the solar tower CSP technology are compared when all are integrated (a) with a MACC condenser of an optimum tube geometry and size, (b) with a conventional water-cooled condenser, and (c) with a conventional dry-cooled condenser. The comparison is performed across three different solar potential levels. The simulations are carried out using an optimization model based on the IPP v2.1 algorithm for the calculation of the electricity unit cost and other financial indicators of each technology under investigation. The results demonstrate that, under certain parameters, the investigated MACC condenser system can become a cost-competitive alternative to water- or dry-cooled condensers in various solar potential environments.