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Challenges in the Development of Micro Gas Turbines for Concentrated Solar Power Systems

Sayma, A. I. ORCID: 0000-0003-2315-0004 & Al Zaili, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-4072-2107 (2016). Challenges in the Development of Micro Gas Turbines for Concentrated Solar Power Systems. Paper presented at the 8th International Gas Turbine Conference – The Future of Gas Turbine Technology, 12-13 Oct 2016, Brussels, Belgium.


Parabolic solar dish systems have gained more interest recently as a reliable way for harnessing the solar power in form of electricity. Micro gas turbines can be usedas engines in such system to convert the heat available from the solar collector o electricity. In this paper the technical challenges related to using micro gas turbines for utilising concentrated solar power will be addressed based on the experience gained from the EU funded project OMSoP (Optimised Microturbine Solar Power system) which aims todevelop and demonstrate a micro gas turbine coupled to a parabolic dish for the power range of 5–10 kW. The technical challenges related to the turbomachinery design, rotordynamics and dynamic stability, control system, power electronics and thermal storage will be briefly reviewed. Techno economic considerations of the system will also be discussed.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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