CFD Simulation of a Solar Chimney Power Plant
A solar chimney power plant is a type of solar thermal technology that utilizes the heat generated by a solar
collector to convert solar energy into electrical power. A steady state CFD investigation through a solar chimney power plant
system was conducted. A power plant with the geometry parameters of a Spanish prototype was modeled. The k-ε turbulence
and the radiative transfer equations were solved. To simulate radiation effects from the sun’s rays, a solar load model was
employed. The fluid flow and heat transfer characteristics through the prototype power plant were examined in two different
conditions; corresponding to no-load condition and during turbine operation.
Keywords: Solar chimney power plant, Spanish prototype, CFD.