Hybridize Repowering of Az-Zour Power Plant in KuwaitName : Dr. Sorour Alotaibi
Affliation : Associate Professor
University : Kuwait University
Country : Kuwait
Abstract: This work investigates the performance of a hybridized power plant by a solar parabolic trough collector solar plant (PTC). The solar plant was employed to compensate the effect of removal an LP-turbine extraction without changing other elements of the power plant. The power plant is located in Az-Zour, Kuwait which receives high levels of solar radiation. The power plant was sized to produce ideally 300 ????????, and the actual data shows that it produces 273 ????????. Modeling of solar irradiation with parabolic trough collector are simulated for Kuwait weather conditions. A simulation of the solar and power plant performance were carried out using EES software. Results shows that removing the LP-turbine extraction enhanced the performance of the power plant by 4.7 ???????? with collector area equal to 14,774 ????????. The cycle, thermal and net efficiencies were all improved after hybridizing the power plant even when including the solar heat required into the thermal efficiency load. The total aperture area and the levelized cost of energy required to produce the 4.7???????? for PTC plant was found to be less by a factor of 1.8 than that of a photovoltaic plant. Levelized cost analysis showed that integrating Az-Zour power plant with PTC increased the savings by a factor of 2.3 when compared to a typical steam turbine that can produce the similar intended power output of 4.7 ???????? over the 25 year’s lifecycle.
Biograpghy: Dr. Sorour Alotaibi is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department in Kuwait University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Kuwait University in 1995. He Worked for Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC) for two years. He started his graduate studies with numerical simulation of turbulent flow in the Department of Mechanics Engineering at Syracuse University, New York where he obtained M. S. Degree. He finished M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in 2001. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in 2003 from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked in several areas including desalination, thermal control, heat exchangers, HVAC, and application of artificial intelligent in thermal systems. In 2006 he established and served as the first manager of the “ The Center of Engineering Laboratory, Testing and Calibration” in Kuwait University. His current interest is in Solar energy and building energy. Currently, he is the president of ASHRAE Kuwait chapter, and Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department of Kuwait University. He published more than 45 refereed conference and journal papers.