The 12.5 m² flat plate solar collector HT, today marketed by Arcon Solvarme A/S, has been used in solar heating plants in Scandinavia since 1983. The collector is designed to operate in a temperature interval between 40°C and 90°C. The efficiency of the collector has been strongly improved since it was introduced on the market. The paper will present the increase of the efficiency of the collector due to technical improvements since 1983. Further, measurements from the spring of 2009 of the efficiency of two HT collectors, which have been in operation in the solar heating plant Ottrupgaard, Skørping, Denmark since 1994 with a constant high flow rate and in the solar heating plant Marstal, Denmark since 1996 with a variable flow rate, will be presented. The efficiencies will be compared to the efficiencies of the collectors when they were first installed in the solar heating plants. The measurements are supplied with inspections of the collectors inclusive investigations of possible corrosion of the copper pipes of the absorbers of the collectors. It is shown that from 2002 to 2007 the thermal performance of solar collector has been increased by 29%, 39%, 55% and 80% for a mean solar collector fluid temperature of 40˚C, 60°C, 80°C and 100°C respectively due to improvement of the collector design. The test of the two collectors shows that due to aging the Ottrupgård collector has a yearly thermal performance which is 4% lower than for the collector tested in 1991 for a solar collector fluid temperature of 45°C, while the Marstal collector has a yearly thermal performance which is 1% lower than the collector tested in 1991. With an increase of the solar collector fluid temperature to 60°C, the yearly thermal performance of the Ottrupgård collector and the Marstal collector is respectively 11% and 10% lower than the collector tested in 1991.
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||29th Biennial Solar World Congress of the International Solar Energy Society - Johannesburg, South Africa|
Duration: 11 Oct 2009 → 14 Oct 2009
|Conference||29th Biennial Solar World Congress of the International Solar Energy Society|
|Period||11/10/2009 → 14/10/2009|
- Flat plate solar collector, Collector efficiency, Efficiency test, Lifetime, Solar heating plants