Accession Number : ADA116747

Title :   Solar Power Stations for Remote Sites: An Economic Analysis.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Kocian,Thomas C

PDF Url : ADA116747

Report Date : Jan 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : While solar power plants are not presently economically competitive with fossil fuel power plants at most locations, solar power may be competitive at some remote locations. Energy at remote locations is both costly and subject to disruptions due to hostilities and/or shortages of fuel. Even if the direct costs of fossil fuel power plants are not sufficient to make solar power economically attractive the costs associated with fuel supply disruptions (or the possibility of disruptions) may make solar power desirable. Evaluation of the economic and strategic feasibility of utilizing solar power can be accomplished by comparing the uniform annual costs of competing systems over their lifetimes. Formulas are developed for fossil fuel and solar power plants to enable economic evaluation of the costs of competing power plants. Evaluation can be accomplished whether the present power plant requires replacement, or if it is desired to reduce use of, and dependence on, fossil fuels even though the present power plant is still serviceable. An example shows that solar derived energy may be economically feasible, depending on the cost data and assumptions used for a study. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Electric power plants, *Solar energy, Fossil fuels, Remote areas, Cost analysis, Economic analysis, Replacement, Solar collectors, Heat engines, Air Force facilities, Ascension Island, California

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE