Cost modelling of coal power plant start-up in cyclical operation

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It has long been recognized that large coal plants that are exposed to cyclic operation incur more damage and have higher maintenance costs than units which operate in a base load regimen. This chapter reviews historical studies that have attempted to model the costs of cycling for these units from both bottom- up and top- down perspectives. It describes recent research at the component, unit and system level which attempts to forecast maintenance costs in the high-cycling scenarios likely to result from changes in the relative cost of fuel and the expansion of renewable energy sources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoal power plant materials and life assessment
EditorsAhmed Shibli
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherWoodhead Publishing
ISBN (Print)9780857094315
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 7 Jul 2014


  • Power plant O&M
  • Cyclic operation
  • Two- shifting
  • Operating costs
  • cost modelling.


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