Hydro energy potential of cooling water at the thermal power plant

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<ul><li><p>at</p><p>raganelgra0 B</p><p>Keywords:HydropowerCooling waterThermal power plant</p><p>avitturhea</p><p>for the utilization of this hydro energy, and the economic benets of the project are calculated. The inter-</p><p>rivers</p><p>technical system safety, they must be environmentally acceptable,and they must be energetically and economically benecial.</p><p>Recently, a few projects considered the utilization of the hydroenergy of the turbine condenser cooling water at thermal and nu-clear power plants. Wherever possible the water for the turbine</p><p>power plant (with two units, the capacity of 1000 MW each) [7].The HPP is operated by the cooling water from the Danube river.</p><p>The energy utilization of water stream that is returned from thetechnical system to the environment is also applied at the seawaterreverse osmosis plants [8,9]. The energy of the brine stream at ahigh pressure is recovered by the hydraulic turbine at the plantoutlet, where the turbine is directly coupled with the centrifugalpump that supplies the seawater to the desalination plant. Beforethe 1980s, Francis turbines were applied, but later on they were re-placed by Pelton turbines, since they provide higher system ef-ciency. Recently, the so-called isobaric-chamber devices, or the</p><p> Corresponding author. Tel.: +381 11 3370561; fax: +381 11 3370364.E-mail addresses: vstevanovic@mas.bg.ac.rs (V.D. Stevanovic), agajic@mas.bg.</p><p>ac.rs (A. Gajic), ljdsavic@grf.bg.ac.rs (L. Savic), vladak@grf.bg.ac.rs (V. Kuzmanovic),adusan@ieent.org (D. Arnautovic), mtina@grf.bg.ac.rs (T. Dasic), bmaslovaric@</p><p>Applied Energy 88 (2011) 40054013</p><p>Contents lists availab</p><p>Applied</p><p>lsemas.bg.ac.rs (B. Maslovaric), sprica@mas.bg.ac.rs (S. Prica).electricity production [1]. However, the exploitation of large hydroenergy sources is mainly saturated, especially in developed coun-tries. Further construction of large hydro power plants (HPP) is of-ten burdened with the unacceptable high investments, and/orundesirable environmental consequences. Hence, in recent years,a wide interest and activity is directed towards the utilization of en-ergy potentials of small streams, and building of small HPP [24], aswell as towards other natural hydro power sources, such as seawaves [5]. Besides these natural sources, there is also potential toutilize hydro energy in technical systems. Generally, such solutionsmust a priori satisfy several conditions: they should not violate the</p><p>due to gravity since the discharge of the cooling water at the plantis at a higher elevation. The hydro energy of this return cooling-water ow can be utilized for the electricity production in a smallHPP. Since the cooling-water ow is the necessary prerequisite forthe thermal or nuclear power plant operation, its residual energy(that is always available during plant operation) can be regardedas renewable. For example, a HPP with a generation capacity of7.5 MW uses the available hydro energy of the sea water, whichserves as a coolant for eight units of a thermal power plant (TPP)in South Korea [6]. Also, a HPP with two hydro turbines with capac-ity of 5 MW each, has been built at the Bulgarian Kozloduy nuclear1. Introduction</p><p>Natural hydro energy sources of0306-2619/$ - see front matter 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Adoi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.04.003nal rate of returns and pay back periods are calculated in dependence of the electricity price and totalinvestment costs. The increase of protability is assessed, bearing in mind that the plant might be real-ized as the Clean Development Mechanism project according to the Kyoto protocol. The obtained resultsshow that the project is economically attractive, and it can be carried out with standard matured solu-tions of hydro turbines available at the market. Even for the relatively low electricity price from smallhydro power plants in Serbia of 0.08 /kW h the internal rate of return and the pay back period are17.5% and 5.5 years.</p><p> 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.</p><p>are widely used for the</p><p>condenser cooling is supplied from and returned to a naturalsource, such as a river, lake or sea. The cooling-water ows fromthe thermal or nuclear plant back to the natural water sourceAccepted 2 April 2011Available online 23 April 2011</p><p>tion of the hydro energy potential due to the thermal power plant overhauls periods, are evaluated in thecase study of the Thermal Power Plant Nikola Tesla B in Serbia. A small hydro power plant is designedHydro energy potential of cooling water</p><p>Vladimir D. Stevanovic a,, Aleksandar Gajic a, LjubodTina Dasic b, Blazenka Maslovaric a, Sanja Prica a, Boja Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Kraljice Marije 16, 11120 Bb Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 73, 1100cElectrotechnical Institute Nikola Tesla, Koste Glavinjica 8a, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia</p><p>a r t i c l e i n f o</p><p>Article history:Received 25 May 2010Received in revised form 11 February 2011</p><p>a b s t r a c t</p><p>The hydro energy of the gran open cooling system oftime period, the water net</p><p>journal homepage: www.ell rights reserved.the thermal power plant</p><p>Savic b, Vladan Kuzmanovic b, Dusan Arnautovic c,Milovanovic b</p><p>de, Serbiaelgrade, Serbia</p><p>y water ow from the coal-red thermal power plant units to the river inbine condensers is determined. On the basis of statistical data for a longd duration curve due to the river annual level change, as well as the reduc-</p><p>le at ScienceDirect</p><p>Energy</p><p>vier .com/locate /apenergy</p></li><li><p>The utilization of energy of the cooling water gravity ow fromTPP back to the river differs from the conventional utilization of the</p><p>annual net head duration curve, the maximal and minimal</p><p>d Enriver stream energy in several issues. The cooling-water ow ispractically constant during the TPP operation, since a large plantis designed for the base load production. It means that TPP oper-ates at the design power and with constant operational parametersthroughout the year, leading to a constant cooling-water ow rate.On the contrary, an available ow rate considerably varies for aconventional run-of-the-river HPP. Also, the cooling-water owcompletely stops during overhauls or plant trips.</p><p>For a cooling water HPP, a net head is obtained due to the factthat the water level in the pool downstream of the TPP condensershas to be at a higher elevation than the maximum water-surfacelevel of the recipient river. During the most time of the year, theriver elevation is much lower than the above mentioned maxi-mum, providing the head for HPP. On the other side, for a conven-tional HPP, the head must be provided by the dam.</p><p>Having in mind these differences the feasibility study of thecooling water energy utilization is performed through the follow-ing main steps:</p><p> Theduration curve for thegrossheadbetween the thermalpowerplant and the river water-level should be calculated, using thehydrological statistical data for the available time period.</p><p> The head loss of cooling-water return-ow from the thermalpower plant towards the recipient river should be calculatedby taking into account the friction losses along the channeland local losses. Knowing the head loss, the available net headis determined.</p><p> In general, the hydro turbine should be selected for the low netpressure exchange devices have been introduced, in order to fur-ther improve the energy-recovery efciency [9]. For the existingTPP, the main difculty for the application of such devices is a largedistance (tens of meters, or more) between the location of the cool-ing water intake, and the location of the cooling water dischargeback to the river. The other major drawback for the applicationof the pressure exchange devices is a need for a large number ofunites, since the water ow through one pressure exchange uniteis below one cubic meters per second, while the cooling-water owrate at the TPP is of the order of tens of m3/s (depending on theplant power). Obviously these issues should be the topics for fur-ther engineering investigation and development.</p><p>The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate and evaluate the hy-dro energy potential of the river water that is used for cooling of theturbine condensers at the TPP. The water is pumped from the riverto the TPP condenser, and returned back to the river by gravity ow.The water-ow energy potential is determined by its net head andow rate. While the ow rate of the cooling water is more or lessconstant, its net head signicantly changes in time, depending onthe river water level variations. The hydro energy of the cooling-water ow is available only during the TPP operation, while duringoverhauls and plant trips it is not available. The inuence of the nethead temporal variation and the annual TPP operational period onthe energy potential of the cooling-water ow are evaluated inthe case study of the thermal power plant Nikola Tesla B in Serbia.The calculation is based on statistical data for a period of two dec-ades. A small HPP is designed in order to use the cooling water en-ergy, and the economic benet of the project is estimated.</p><p>2. Approach to the feasibility study of the cooling water energyutilization at a TPP</p><p>4006 V.D. Stevanovic et al. / Appliehead and a high water ow rate. The minimal and maximal val-ues of the net head, acceptable for the turbine operation, shouldbe dened based on the turbine design characteristics.turbine, and the auxiliary one for the small turbine which is a primemover for the steam boiler feedwater pump. These condensers arecooledwith thewater from the Sava river (Fig. 1). The cooling-waterow is provided by two parallelly connected pumps. After passingthrough themain and auxiliary condensers, the coolingwater is col-lected in a water pool fromwhich it spills, and by gravity ows backto the river. Thehead, resulting fromthedifferencebetween thepoolelevation and the river level, and the considerable water ow rate of20 m3/s (per each unit), provide an energy potential that can be uti-lized by a small HPP. The cooling-water ow rate is practically con-stant,while thewater headdepends on the riverwater level, rangingbetween 69 m and 78 m above the see level, as indicated in Fig. 1.The water levels of the Sava river at the TPP site-location are re-corded during the 20 years period, from 1986 till 2006.</p><p>Concrete buried channels, conveying the cooling water from theTPP pools towards the existing outlet structure at the river bank, areshown in Fig. 2. There are four such channels, one per each of thetwo existing units, while the other two channels were built for an-other two planned units. At present, the construction of one addi-tional (third unit) is in preparation, and the hydro energypotential of the cooling water for this unit is also taken into accountin this study. All channels have the same quadratic 3 m 3 mcross-section, while their lengths vary, due to the different dis-tances between the TPP units and the river bank. A planned locationof the small HPP site at the river bank is also presented in Fig. 2.</p><p>4. Estimation of net headheads acceptable for the hydraulic turbine operation, thewater ow rate, the total HPP efciency (taking into accountthe efciency of the hydraulic turbine, the mechanical trans-mission system and the electric generator), as well as reduc-tions due to the estimated overhaul periods and plant trips.</p><p> The civil work design should provide the site-location anddimensioning of the power house and appurtenant structureswith the hydro-mechanical equipment, resulting with the cap-ital costs, as well as the efcient construction management.</p><p> The present value of the total costs should be determined basedon the total cost of equipment, and civil work, and the presentvalue of operational and maintenance costs. Also, the value ofthe annual electricity production should be calculated. The pro-ject protability should be determined considering the pay backperiod and the internal rate of return.</p><p> Since the project contributes to the reduction of the carbondioxide emission and it will be performed in the non-Annex Icountry to the United Nations Framework Convention on Cli-mate Change, the benets of its execution within the frame-work of the Clean Development Mechanisms of the Kyotoprotocol has to be considered.</p><p>The procedure described in this paper is applied and evaluated tothe real case of the open coolingwater system at the coal-red ther-mal power plant, as an example of the project implementation.</p><p>3. Cooling water system at the thermal power plant</p><p>Utilization of hydro energy of the water ow for the cooling of aturbine condenser is studied for the case of the coal-red TPP Nik-ola Tesla B in Serbia. The plant has two identical units with thepower of 620 MW each. The plant thermal unit has two condensers,themain one for the condensation of steam that exits from themain The electricity production should be calculated based on the</p><p>ergy 88 (2011) 40054013The gross water head Hg is represented by the difference of theupstream Huwl and downstream Hdwl water levels. The upstream</p></li><li><p>d EnV.D. Stevanovic et al. / Appliewater level is the free surface of the jet that spills from the TPPpool, and the downstream water level is the river water surface.Daily water levels of the Sava river at the plant location for the20 years period are averaged, and presented in Fig. 3. The highestriver water level is in the spring (in April), while the lowest is atthe end of August and at the beginning of September. These dataare used for the calculation of the annual change of the gross head,and the results are also presented in Fig. 3. As shown, the highestgross head is at the end of the summer, due to the lowest riverwater level in this period.</p><p>The ow head losses, from the TPP pool unit, towards the HPPintake structure chamber, are calculated taking into account thefriction losses along the concrete channel, and the local hydrauliclosses. The local head losses take place at the water spill over theTPP pool weir, at the channel bends, and the inow into the intakechamber just in front of the hydro turbine units. For the channelwall roughness of 1.0 mm, the channel lengths of 470 m, 545 mand 620 m (from the three units towards the HPP intake chamber),the water ow rate of 20 m3/s per channel, and the total local loss</p><p>Fig. 1. The cooling water system at one unit of the TPP Nikola Tesla B. Cooling water pdenoted with Hmc and Hac respectively, Huwl and Hdwl are respectively the upstream watewater pool wall is Hwpw. Indicated are inner diameters of the pipelines in millimetres.</p><p>Fig. 2. Discharge cooling-water channels from thergy 88 (2011) 40054013 4007coefcient of 1.39 (the same for all three channels), the calculatedhead losses DHl are 1.2 m, 1.3 m and 1.4 m for the Units 1, 2 and 3respectively. By subtracting the head loss from the gross waterhead Hg the net head Hn is obtained. The duration curves of thegross and net heads are averaged for the annual period, based onthe available data of the Sava river level, and presented in Fig. 4.The maximum available net head is up to 6 m, while the mean va-lue is 3.2 m (calculate...</p></li></ul>

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