Performance results for the SAIC/STM prototype dish/Stirling system

Kelly Beninga, Roger L. Davenport, James A. Sellars, Dave Smith, Stefan Johansson

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Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Stirling Thermal Motors, Inc. (STM) have developed a prototype dish/Stirling system for utility solar power applications. The prototype system was developed under the U.S. Department of Energy Utility-Scale Joint-Venture Program (USJVP), and has been operated over 300 hours since 1 June 1995, providing power to the utility grid. The system has performed beyond expectations, delivering up to 21.6 kWe net power at 1000 W/m2 direct normal insolation and over 24% net efficiency. Instantaneous, day-long, and cumulative performance data are presented for the prototype system over its first year of operation, as well as cost and performance projections for the second-generation system now being designed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 International Solar Energy Conference - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: Apr 27 1997Apr 30 1997


ConferenceProceedings of the 1997 International Solar Energy Conference
CityWashington, DC, USA


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