Inquiry about simulation of thermocline case using SAM

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Paul Gilman
Inquiry about simulation of thermocline case using SAM

My intention is to test thermocline TES for a 100MWe with 4 hour storage using SAM to get some data such as LCOE, capacity factor etc. I assume that thermocline TES costs 65% of two tanks’ one as reported the literature. After simulation, I get similar results as two tanks’. I do not know if you did right things or not. If not, could you advise me how to run thermocline case? Do I need excel spreadsheet for this running?

As you know, SAM's molten salt power tower model has an option for modeling a single-tank, thermocline thermal energy storage system

The installation cost of the storage system in an input on the System Costs page. If you change the storage type on the Thermal Storage page from Two Tank to Thermocline, you should also change the Storage cost on the System Costs page.

Best regards,
Paul.

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