Simulation of a solar collector array consisting of two types of solar collectors, with and without convection barrier

Federico Bava, Simon Furbo, Bengt Perers

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Abstract

The installed area of solar collectors in solar heating fields is rapidly increasing in Denmark. In this scenario even relatively small performance improvements may lead to a large increase in the overall energy production. Both collectors with and without polymer foil, functioning as convection barrier, can be found on the Danish market. Depending on the temperature level at which the two types of collectors operate, one can perform better than the other. This project aimed to study the behavior of a 14 solar collector row made of these two different kinds of collectors, in order to optimize the composition of the row. Actual solar collectors available on the Danish market (models HT-SA and HT-A 35-10 manufactured by ARCON Solar A/S) were used for this analysis. To perform the study, a simulation model in TRNSYS was developed based on the Danish solar collector field in Braedstrup. A parametric analysis was carried out by modifying the composition of the row, in order to find both the energy and economy optimum.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume70
Pages (from-to)4-12
Number of pages9
ISSN1876-6102
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event3rd International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry - China National Convention Center, Beijing, China
Duration: 13 Oct 201415 Oct 2014
Conference number: 3
http://www.shc2014.org/cms/home.html

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry
Number3
LocationChina National Convention Center
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period13/10/201415/10/2014
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This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license

Keywords

  • Solar collector
  • Flat plate collector
  • Solar heating field
  • FEP foil
  • TRNSYS
  • Collector row
  • Row composition
  • Economic analysis

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