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Current Developments in Flat-Plate Vacuum Solar Thermal Collectors

Arya, Farid, Hyde, Trevor, Henshall, Paul, Eames, Phillip, Moss, Roger and Shire, Stan (2016) Current Developments in Flat-Plate Vacuum Solar Thermal Collectors. International Journal of Chemical, Molecular, Nuclear, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, 10 (6). pp. 688-692. [Journal article]

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Vacuum flat plate solar thermal collectors offer several advantages over other collectors namely the excellent optical and thermal characteristics they exhibit due to a combination of their wide surface area and high vacuum thermal insulation. These characteristics can offer a variety of applications for industrial process heat as well as for building integration as they are much thinner than conventional collectors making installation possible in limited spaces. However, many technical challenges still remain which need to be addressed to enable wide scale adoption of the technology. This paper will discuss the challenges, expectations and requirements for flat-plate vacuum solar collector development. In addition, it will provide an overview of work undertaken in Ulster University, Loughborough University and the University of Warwick on flat-plate vacuum solar thermal collectors. Finally, this paper will present a detailed experimental investigation on the development of a vacuum panel with a novel sealing method which will be used to accommodate a novel slim hydroformed solar absorber.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Hot box calorimeter, infrared thermography, solar thermal collector, vacuum insulation
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 > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
Built Environment Research Institute
ID Code:35987
Deposited By: Dr Farid Arya
Deposited On:04 Oct 2016 08:49
Last Modified:08 Oct 2016 16:22

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