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Electrical and electronic engineering, Energy and fuels

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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, doi:10.1016/j.rser.2016.08.016.

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Solar Tower thermal (ST), Parabolic Trough thermal (PT), Linear Fresnel thermal (LF) and Solar PV are discussed in the context of suitability for hybridization with biomass in Europe. Technical, economical and climate data have been compared to identify the key drivers of technology selection in setting up large scale solar-biomass hybrid power plants. The sole solar-biomass hybrid power plant is currently in operation in Spain uses PT technology due to its performance characteristics, comparatively easy installation process compared to ST and relatively higher heat and optical gain than LF. The climate condition in the EU shows that the region within average yearly direct normal irradiance (DNI) 1400 -1800 kWh/m2 can be useful for CSP hybridization as the distribution periods of high intensity of DNI of solar energy justify integrating biomass. Of the three concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, ST provides the best overall efficiency for combined heat and power (CHP) generation.