OPERATIONAL RESULTS FOR A 3355 m**2 SOLAR POND IN EL PASO, TEXAS.

A. H.P. Swift, R. L. Reid, M. P. Sewell, W. J. Boegli

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Abstract

During the winter of 1985-86, the salinity in the lower convective zone of the 3355 m**2 salt gradient solar pond in El Paso was increased from 19% by weight to saturation. When the gradient was re-established in the spring of 1986, the solar pond heated to 85 degree C and industrial process heat was supplied to the adjacent food processing and canning plant. A procedure was developed to monitor and control stability and no instabilities developed. As of September 15, 350 multiplied by 10**6 kJ of thermal energy has been supplied. Simultaneously a 100 kW organic Rankine cycle engine-generator was installed at the site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalSolar Engineering
Volume1
StatePublished - 1987

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