CombiCSP is an open source software for dynamic modelling of concentrating solar energy power plants. CombiCSP utilizes solar resource, system engineering inputs as well as financial tools to provide dynamic simulations and annual yields of concentrating solar power plants. It readily provides modelling of plants based on solar power tower and parabolic trough collectors and it can be extended to novel solar energy modeling approaches and analyses as needed.
The relevant work pertaining to this software is : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2022.119450
clone the repository from the CombiCSP.
then move to the root of the repository and perform (this requires python
python setup.py install
The setup should take care of all problems.
Combi_CSP_oop.ipynb describes a typical use scenario.
Additionally, example cases are scripted in the following files:
CSPCret.py: heliostat and CSP power and energy outputs in a location in Crete, Greece
CSP50Compare.py: Combined heliostat and CSP power and energy outputs in a location in Crete, Greece
The following mainstream packages are required for this library (most of them are already installed in a typical installation).
Additional libraries are:
- iapws (The InternationalAssociation for the Properties of Water and Steam)
The following describes a minimum environment using conda.
(Optional) Preferably create a new environment for the packages
conda create -n combicsp python=3
conda install matplotlib scipy pandas ipykernel
conda install -c conda-forge pvlib-python
- iapws: The InternationalAssociation for the Properties of Water and Steam
conda install -c conda-forge iapws
conda install -c conda-forge numpy-financial
- G. E. Arnaoutakis: Technical direction, and original calculation functions
- N. Papadakis: Software Design, Package Maintenance.