THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE (TES) TANK SIMULATOR

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Tank Simulator

This application simulate a TES tank, where the storage fluid is molten salt. Three different cases are considered: charging process, discharging process and thermal losses at rest. Simulation results are compared against experimental data from a real tank in the Molten Salt Test Loop for Thermal Energy Systems (MOSA) facility at CIEMAT - Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA).

Molten Salt Test Loop for Thermal Energy Systems (MOSA)

This molten salt test loop is a replica of a thermal energy storage system with molten salts and a two-tank configuration.

MOSA

This facility consists basically in:

  • Two tanks, one vertical, for hot molten salts, and another horizontal, for cold molten salts.
  • A thermal oil loop that can be used for heating the salt up to 380ºC and cooling it to 290ºC.
  • A CO2-molten salt heat exchanger for heating the salt up to 500ºC with CO2 supplied by parabolic trough collectors.
  • Two flanged sections, where different components for this type of loops (e.g. valves, flow meters, heat trace, pumps…) can be tested.

Being a set up which is a reduced scale of a commercial two-tank molten salt storage system, everything related to this type of systems can be tested in this facility.

Simulator Details

Date: Sep 6, 2017
Author/s: Javier Bonilla
Contact: Javier Bonilla
Email: javier.bonilla@psa.es
Tagged: Solar, Thermal Energy Storage, Molten salt
Website: https://gitlab.com/ciemat-psa/surf/tree/master/examples/Tank

Changelog

Version: 0.2
Date: Oct 22, 2017
Description: Minor improvements and bug fixes.

Windows app Linux app

Version: 0.1
Date: Sep 6, 2017
Description: First version.

Windows app Linux app

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Surf is an open-source tool chain for building powerful multi-platform simulators of Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs) in an easy and convenient way.

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Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT),
Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA),
Ctra. de Senés km. 4,5, Tabernas (04200), Almería, Spain.