Solar tracker for enhancement of the thermal efficiency of solar water heating system

MA Abdelghani-Idrissi, S. Khalfallaoui, D. Seguin, L. Vernières-Hassimi, Sebastien Leveneur

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    This paper deals with thermal efficiency enhancement analysis of a solar water heating system with a solar tracker. Made at laboratory-scale, an automated mechanical system enables solar panel rotation and inclination. The control system is programmed to place the solar panels facing the sun throughout the day. Its coordinates by means of the solar height and the azimuthal angle will determine the sun position on the celestial sphere. The thermal behaviour of the solar water heating system is developed with energy balance on solar panels, heat exchanger and storage system. The solar irradiation intensity is measured by a pyranometer placed in the plan of the solar panels. Comparison between experimental results obtained for fixed inclinations of solar panels and those obtained with the solar tracker shows a 40% gain of overall stored thermal energy. The energy gain depends on the season. The low inclinations are still favourable in summer while in winter they are higher inclinations are needed.

    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)79–94
    JournalRenewable Energy
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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