Optimizing thermal energy storage operation

Mohammad Abutayeh, Anas Alazzam, Bashar El-Khasawneh

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Thermal energy storage systems are usually attached to solar power plants to extend their operation beyond sunshine periods. Solar heat collected during the day is divided between a power block and a properly-sized thermal energy storage system. The stored heat is later released to be processed by the power block during periods of little or no solar resource. An operating scheme for a dual-tank molten salt thermal energy storage system was developed. The scheme can be used to optimize charging and discharging processes of a thermal energy storage system to maximize power generation or revenue.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)318-329
Number of pages12
JournalSolar Energy
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015


  • Concentrated solar power
  • Solar energy
  • Thermal energy storage


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