Analysis and design consideration of solar steam generation plant using parabolic trough collector Khaled


  • Khaled Bataineh Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid- Jordan



This paper investigates the annual performance of solar steam generation plant SSGP using parabolic trough collectors via heat exchanger.  A transient thermal model for the system is developed.  Dynamic simulation of the SSGP is carried out under different operating and geometrical conditions to investigate the plant performance. Several tracking modes are proposed and the optimal configuration for the considered site is determined. The effects of several key parameters, including the flow rate of thermal oil in the absorber tube, concentreation ratio, on the performance of the SSGP based on the meteorological data of Irbid city were examined. Designing optimization of  SSGP is carried out. The study shows that using PTC with area of 38 m2 can generate over 950 kg of steam above 130 oc in winter time and over 3000 kg during summer time. Finally, it was found that using PTC for steam generation is reliable system for industrial application operated during daytime.


Author Biography

Khaled Bataineh, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid- Jordan

Dr. Khaled Bataineh has combined academic, research, and industrial experiences. He is currently working as associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He received a B.S. from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1999, and an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. He taught over twenty undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering and related engineering departments. He served in department, faculty of engineering and university several committees.  Moreover, He served as a member of the ABET committee of the department. Dr. Bataineh has been serving on several educational accreditation committees. He worked in the industry for more than two years as a research and development engineer. He also achieved several research projects at the Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST).  Dr. Bataineh’s research interests are in micro scale fluidic system, machine design, and renewable energy technology. He is well –known in modeling of complex flows. His current group’s research focuses on microfluidics, including micropump and micro cone -plate viscometer. The tools used to study such systems are theoretical, numerical and experimental. Furthermore, his research focuses on utilizing solar energy either directly or by converting it to electrical energy. Currently, he is focusing on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) which is a promising renewable energy technology for the Mediterranean and gulf countries (world’s Sun Belt region).  He is the author of about 28 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. Recent lectures include oral presentation at the WASET Conference on Fluid Mechanics (2012), oral presentation at WSEAS Conference on Manufacturing Engineering (2011). He has been a consultant to several companies where he made contributions to the solving problems and offering possibility of launching new products. He is a member of numerous professional societies.