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An evacuated enclosure design for solar thermal energy applications

Henshall, Paul, Moss, Roger, Arya, Farid, Eames, Phillip, Shire, Stan and Hyde, Trevor (2014) An evacuated enclosure design for solar thermal energy applications. In: Grand Renewable Energy 2014 (GRE2014), International Conference and Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan. Grand Renewable Energy. 4 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Flat-plate solar thermal collector technology when coupled with vacuum enclosure technology has potential to supply clean energy efficiently for use in applications including residential water and space heating. This paper focuses on the design of vacuum enclosures for flat-plate solar collectors with specific reference to vacuum enclosures designed for thin micro-channel solar absorber plates (thickness < 10mm). The expectations, requirements and applications of these solar collectors are discussed along with a description of an enclosure concept under consideration. Potential seal materials are identified and their limitations discussed. Finite elementmodelling results are presented and conclusions made regarding design parameter selection.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:renewable energy, solar thermal, vacuum
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:37156
Deposited By: Dr Farid Arya
Deposited On:14 Mar 2017 09:45
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:28

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