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Title: Design, analysis and performance of low-cost plastic film large solar water heating systems
Authors: Τσιλιγγίρης, Παναγιώτης Θ.
Item type: Journal article
Keywords: solar energy;low-grade heating processes;high solar potential;solar heating technology;ηλιακή ενέργεια;διαδικασίες θέρμανσης χαμηλής ποιότητας;υψηλό ηλιακό δυναμικό;Τεχνολογία ηλιακής θέρμανσης
Subjects: Technology
Issue Date: 4-May-2015
Date of availability: 4-May-2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Although the use of solar energy is obvious for the energy intensive nature of low-grade heating processes, solar heating technology has not yet become commercially available even in favorable geographical locations with high solar potential. This is not surprising, taking into consideration the unreasonably high cost of solar plants relative to the level of technology of most of the commercially available components and systems. In the present work an improved low-cost large solar heating system design has been proposed, based on earlier design developments, suitable for applications in mild sunny climates where the prospects for the promotion of solar heating technology are very favorable. An analysis is developed which allows design and operational behaviour predictions of the physical system. Long-term efficiency and typical input-output performance is also investigated based on statistically processed long-term meteorological measurements for Athens, Greece. Derived results indicate that substantial performance would be expected for the proposed fractional cost system design. This may probably lead to market expansion of large solar heating plants through “commitment based” promotion schemes.
Language: English
Citation: TSILINGIRIS, P.T. (1997). Design, analysis and performance of low-cost plastic film large solar water heating systems. Solar Energy. [Online] 60 (5). p.245–256. Available from:[Accessed 14/05/1998]
Journal: Solar Energy
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
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