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Comparative field performance study of concentrator augmented array with two system configurations

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Nchelatebe Nkwetta, D and Smyth, Mervyn (2012) Comparative field performance study of concentrator augmented array with two system configurations. Applied Energy, 92 . pp. 800-808. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.08.030

Abstract

The paper describes the system and experimental evaluation of an evacuated tube heat pipe collectorarray augmented with a novel design internal concentrator having a direct flow absorber and tested inthe north–south and east–west align configurations under real outdoor conditions. External and internalconcentrators have the potential to supply higher generator inlet temperatures needed for solar drivencooling systems. However, internal concentrator augmented solar collectors can further reduce heatlosses and increase output temperatures. It is shown that collector outlet temperatures of 110 C or moreis possible and can be efficiently used to drive solar cooling systems with higher coefficient of performance(COP). The evacuated tube collector array augmented with a novely designed internal concentratorhaving a direct flow absorber in the north–south alignment was found to be more energy efficientwith larger temperature lift and outlet and inlet temperature differential and substantial improvementin thermal performance compared to its east–west align configuration due to shorter connection pipingconnecting the internal concentrator augmented CPC to the evacuated tube heat pipe collector array.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
ID Code:21863
Deposited By:Dr Mervyn Smyth
Deposited On:16 Apr 2012 09:41
Last Modified:07 Apr 2014 10:00

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