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Techno-economic analysis of the thermal energy saving options for high-voltage direct current interconnectors

Lookup NU author(s): Alessandro Giampieri, Zhichao Ma, Dr Janie Ling Chin, Dr Andrew Smallbone, Dr Padraig Lyons, Professor Tony Roskilly



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High-voltage direct current interconnection stations are increasingly used for long-distance electricity transport worldwide, due to efficiency and economic reasons. The identification and evaluation of cost-effective waste heat sources appropriate for recovery and reutilisation represent an opportunity that can improve the efficiency of high-voltage direct current stations, resulting in significant savings in energy consumption and reduction of the carbon footprint. The paper is the first to investigate the technological and economic feasibility of heat recovery at a major interconnector power station. Once identified the potential recoverable heat sources and evaluated the latest advancements in thermal energy recovery technology, a technological and economic analysis of two potential heat recovery strategies has been performed. While the heat-to-electricity technology was proved to be technologically but not economically feasible, the realisation of a combined liquid desiccant and evaporative cooling heat recovery strategy was proved to present the best economic performance with a payback period of about 5 years and a levelised cost of saved energy of 0.155 €/kWh, depending on the heat recovery and size of the system. Additional economic savings can be obtained for high-voltage direct current stations located in hot and humid climates, where the moisture removal ability of liquid desiccant technology could be particularly advantageous.

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Author(s): Giampieri A, Ma Z, Ling-Chin J, Smallbone A, Lyons P, Khan I, Hemphill S, Roskilly AP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Energy

Year: 2019

Volume: 247

Pages: 60-77

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Online publication date: 15/04/2019

Acceptance date: 07/04/2019

Date deposited: 11/04/2019

ISSN (print): 0306-2619

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9118

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.04.003

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