Integrating solar thermal energy into the conventional Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) has been proved to be an efficient way to use solar energy and improve the generation efficiency of CCPP. In this paper, the energy, exergy, and economic (3E) methods were applied to the models of the Integrated Solar Combined Cycle System (ISCCS). The performances of the proposed system were not only assessed by energy and exergy efficiency, as well as exergy destruction, but also through varied thermodynamic parameters such as DNI
. Besides, to better understand the real potentials for improving the components, exergy destruction was split into endogenous/exogenous and avoidable/unavoidable parts. Results indicate that the combustion chamber of the gas turbine has the largest endogenous and unavoidable exergy destruction values of 202.23 MW and 197.63 MW, and the values of the parabolic trough solar collector are 51.77 MW and 50.01 MW. For the overall power plant, the exogenous and avoidable exergy destruction rates resulted in 17.61% and 17.78%, respectively. In addition, the proposed system can save a fuel cost of 1.86 $/MW·h per year accompanied by reducing CO2
emissions of about 88.40 kg/MW·h, further highlighting the great potential of ISCCS.
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