Optimal Design of Integrated Solar Power Plants Accounting for the Thermal Storage System and CO2 Mitigation through an Algae System Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 American Chemical Society. Electricity generation through the burning of fossil fuels is one of the main contributors to the climate change problem. The use of renewable energy sources is a promising strategy to help mitigate this problem. This paper considers two forms of renewable energy: solar and biomass (algae) for power generation. The paper also accounts for the thermal storage of solar energy. A multiobjective optimization formulation is developed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cost in the electricity generation process. The model is based on a new superstructure that incorporates various design configurations and screens different thermal storage systems. A case study is presented to show the applicability of the proposed approach and how the economic and environmental objectives can be reconciled.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Francisco Hernandez-Martinez, J., Rubio-Castro, E., Serna-Gonzalez, M., El-Halwagi, M. M., & Maria Ponce-Ortega, J.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Francisco Hernandez-Martinez, Jose||Rubio-Castro, Eusiel||Serna-Gonzalez, Medardo||El-Halwagi, Mahmoud M||Maria Ponce-Ortega, Jose

publication date

  • October 2016