Thermo-Mechanical Solar Power Plants

Proceddings of the Second International Workshop on the Design, Construction and Operation of Solar Central Receiver Projects, Varese, Italy, 4–8 June, 1984

  • J. Gretz
  • A. Strub
  • W. Palz
Conference proceedings

Part of the Solar Energy R&D in the European Community book series (SRDB, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Opening Session

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Gretz
      Pages 3-3
    3. G. R. Bishop
      Pages 4-4
    4. Albert Strub
      Pages 5-6
  3. Presentation on the General Experience of Central Receiver Power Plants

  4. Presentation on the General Experience of Central Receiver Power Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. L. Vant-Hull
      Pages 48-51
    3. T. Mukai, T. Horigome, N. Ikeda, T. Sakamoto
      Pages 52-61
    4. V. Mascle, F. Pharabod, B. Rivoire
      Pages 62-72
    5. J. Avellaner, C. Ortiz, F. Martínez, F. Sánchez
      Pages 73-82
  5. Heliostat Field

  6. Receiver

  7. Cycle, System, Control

  8. Operation, Maintenance, Staffing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. L. Civitano
      Pages 228-230
    3. A. Chille, L. Civitano, G. Dinelli, P. Perrone
      Pages 231-237
    4. Francisco Martínez Córcoles
      Pages 238-246
  9. Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. G. Faninger
      Pages 248-252
    3. W. Durisch, P. Kesselring, D. Barandao, M. Buehlmann
      Pages 253-262
    4. Thomas Durand, Saīd Ibrahimi, Duc Pham Hi, Claude Etievant
      Pages 263-274

About these proceedings


In this book, the Commission of the European Communities presents the proceedings of the Workshop on Solar Central Receiver Projects, held in Varese, I taly , in June 1984. This Workshop was supported by all operators of solar tower power plants around the world and, as a result, these proceedings provide a comprehensive overview of the technology in its current state of development. The Workshop was organized by the Commission of the European Communities in the frame of the second solar energy R&D programme under the responsibility of its Di rectorate-General (X 11) for Science, Research and Development in Brussels. The meeting place, Varese, in Italy, was selected because of its neighbourhood to the Ispra Establishment of the Commission's Joint Research Centre who cooperated in the organization of the Workshop. Solar power plants of the central receiving type have two conflicting characteristics: they employ very simple and classical components but as a system they are of tremendous complexity. It was the hope for rapid progress by using available components that guided the decisions taken in the late seventies to build six large experimental plants: four in Europe, one in Japan and one in the United States. At that time, this technology enjoyed high priority in solar energy R&D around the world. Once the plants were completed, however, it became clear that the technical complexity combined with difficult meteorological conditions at most construction sites made the yields less favourable than anticipated.


Europe complexity construction development energy operator organization plants receiver research solar energy solar power technology

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Gretz
    • 1
  • A. Strub
    • 1
  • W. Palz
    • 1
  1. 1.Commission of the European CommunitiesDirectorate-General Science, Research and DevelopmentBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8885-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5402-1
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