A parametric study on the thermal performance of unglazed solar water collectors with their colorbond steel absorber plates also used as roofs

Walsh, Matthew, and Lin, Wenxian (2015) A parametric study on the thermal performance of unglazed solar water collectors with their colorbond steel absorber plates also used as roofs. International Journal of Green Energy, 12 (12). pp. 1309-1322.

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Abstract

In this paper, an innovative unglazed solar water collector with its colorbond steel absorber plate also serving as the roof is proposed. Two most common colorbond steel profiles used as roofs, namely the Lysaght BlueOrb colorbond steel with the cosine profile and the Spandek colorbond steel with a trapezoidal shaped profile, are selected as the absorber plates. A theoretical energy balance model is developed to conduct a detailed parametric study on the thermal performance of this innovative unglazed solar collector with both colorbond steel absorber plate profiles under various configuration and operating conditions. The results show that both types of collectors can achieve high thermal efficiency (˜70%) and can increase the water temperature by about 8 °C, indicating they are suitable for the domestic utilization in at least tropical and similar regions as well; The two types of collectors produce very close thermal performances; improved thermal performance can be achieved through optimizing a number of parameters such as using a selective coating for the absorber plate to enhance its optical properties, using slender collector configurations, and using a compromized mass flow rate to maintain a high efficiency and to attain the higher temperature outputs.

Item ID: 39374
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1543-5083
Keywords: unglazed solar water collector, colorbond steel absorber plate, thermal performance, energy balance model, spandek colorbond steel, Lysaght BlueOrb colorbond steel
Funders: National Natural Science Foundation of China, Natural Science Foundation of Yunnan Province, China, Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University of Ministry of Education of China, Australian Research Council (ARC), Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education
Projects and Grants: NSFC (Grant No. 11072211), NSF of Yunnan Province (Grant No. 2011FA017), Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (20105303110001)
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 02:32
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091505 Heat and Mass Transfer Operations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850506 Solar-Thermal Energy @ 100%
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