Design and Construction of a Solar Water Heater Based on the Thermosyphon Principle

Oghogho, Ikponmwosa (2013) Design and Construction of a Solar Water Heater Based on the Thermosyphon Principle. Journal of Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Applications, 3 (2013). pp. 1-8.

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A solar water heating system for domestic use has been designed and constructed using locally available materials. Solar energy is received by a flat-plate collector consisting of a thin absorber plate, integrated with underneath grids of fluid carrying tubes, and placed in an insulated casing with a transparent glass cover having a cold and a hot water tank integrated in the system. The radiation emitted by the absorber plate cannot escape through the glass, thus increasing its temperature. The water gets heated and flows into a storage tank through thermosyphon principle. Maximum fluid output temperature, the collector temperature, and insolation of 55°C, 51°C, and 1,480W/m2, respectively, were obtained on a sunny day. This solar water heating system finds useful application and acts as a renewable energy resource in regions where there is abundant and consistent sunlight.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Engr Dr IKPONMWOSA OGHOGHO
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 20:36
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2014 20:36

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