Aalborg CSP was awarded the contract to design and deliver a 6.8MWth combination plant consisting of a CSP plant and a flat panel solar field for Taars Varmeværk in Denmark.
Combination plant for optimal use of the sun
To ensure optimal energy utilization, Taars Varmeværk decided to install a combined solar heating system consisting of flat solar-thermal collectors and CSP parabolic trough collectors. This combination ensures a high performance throughout the day and a large solar heat production, which leads to a significant reduction in the gas consumption.The system consists of a 4,039m2 CSP plant and a 5,972m2 flat panel field capable of producing 6,082 MWh annually and covers approx. 31% of the annual district heating plant's energy demand, without the use of seasonal storage.
Flat panels have a higher performance at lower temperatures and produce more heat around midday, whereas CSP is most efficient at higher temperatures. The flat panels preheat the water which is thereafter boosted by the CSP technology to achieve the final temperature of 98 °C. By letting the flat solar panels produce at a lower temperature than usually, they provide approx. 20% more.
The first of its kind
The high solar share is achieved by oversizing the plant and using the CSP collectors' control function to avoid problems with overproduction. This is done by utilizing the two existing accumulation tanks, thus avoiding seasonal storage. As the facility in Tårs was the first of its kind in the world, EUDP support was provided for verification and experience sharing.