Thermal advantage of tracking solar collectors under Danish weather conditions

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    Abstract

    Theoretical investigations have been carried out with the aim to elucidate the thermal advantage of tracking solar collectors for different weather conditions in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark (55.8°N), and for the weather conditions in Sisimiut, Greenland (66.9°N), just north of the arctic circle. The investigations are based on calculations with a newly developed program. Measured weather data from a solar radiation measurement station at Technical University of Denmark in Kgs. Lyngby Denmark in the period 1990 to 2002 and the Danish Design Reference Year, DRY data file are used in the investigations. The weather data used for Sisimiut are based on a Test Reference Year, TRY weather data file. The thermal advantages of different tracking strategies is investigated for two flat plate solar collectors with different efficiencies, operated at different temperature levels. The investigations show that the advantage of full tracking is in the range 40% – 90% depending on the solar collector and the operation conditions. The advantage is higher for a low efficient solar collector than for a high efficient solar collector and higher for high solar collector temperatures than for low solar collector temperatures. Further, design reference years are not suitable to elucidate the advantage by tracking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThermal advantage of tracking solar collectors under Danish weather conditions
    Place of PublicationGraz, Austria
    Publication date2010
    ISBN (Print)978-3-901425-13-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventInternational Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings - Graz, Austria
    Duration: 28 Sept 20101 Oct 2010
    http://www.eurosun2010.org/cms/

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings
    Country/TerritoryAustria
    CityGraz
    Period28/09/201001/10/2010
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