CSP plant simulation tool
ColSimCSP software will be used for modelling and simulation of CSP plant technologies (linear Fresnel, parabolic trough, solar tower of which a typical sample is indicated in figure 5.3). The software will be developed further in order to enable integration of the new hybrid cooling system and add novel features to it. Apart from the energetic model implemented in ColSimCSP, techno-economic evaluation and optimization tools will be adapted to suit the system model at hand. Water flow and consumption will be modelled in detail throughout the plant including related energy consumption for water supply and treatment. Impact of mirror cleaning on plant performance will be studied. The integrated system model will be used to optimize water management and consumption.