Dynamic simulator and model predictive control of an integrated solar combined cycle plant

Carolina V. Ponce, Doris Saez, Carlos Bordons, Alfredo Nunez Vicencio

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This paper presents the design and evaluation of a dynamic simulator for an ISCC (integrated solar combined cycle) plant. The design of the simulator is based on the phenomenological equations for both a combined cycle plant and a solar plant. The simulator incorporates a regulatory control strategy based on PI (proportional-integral) controllers and was developed in the MATLAB/Simulink® environment. A MPC (model predictive control) strategy established at a supervisory level is presented. The intent of the strategy is to regulate the steam pressure of the superheater of the ISCC plant. The combined use of the simulator and the supervisory control strategy allows for the quantification of the reduction in fuel consumption that can be achieved when integrated solar collectors are used in a combined cycle plant. The ISCC plant simulator is suitable for designing, evaluating and testing control strategies and for planning the integration of solar and combined cycle
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)974-986
Number of pages13
Issue numberAugust
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2016


  • Integrated solar combined cycle power plant
  • Solar-collector-based steam generator
  • Combined cycle power plant
  • Supervisory model predictive control


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