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Sustainable Energy. 2016, 4(1), 17-27
DOI: 10.12691/rse-4-1-3
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Experimental Development of Solar Collector of Unconventional Air

J. O. Almirón1 and M. A. Lara1,

1Alternative Energy Laboratory (FCEIA-IFIR-UNR-CONICET), Av. Pellegrini 250 - CP 2000 – Rosario, Argentina

Pub. Date: June 22, 2016

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J. O. Almirón and M. A. Lara. Experimental Development of Solar Collector of Unconventional Air. Sustainable Energy. 2016; 4(1):17-27. doi: 10.12691/rse-4-1-3


Is designed and built a solar air collector, corresponding to an elliptical collector format, in order to analyze their energy performance in terms of thermal efficiency and feasibility, to be used in agro-industrial processes and environments conditioning habitat. Experimental data were surveyed to quantify and substantiate efficiency of the device as a heat exchanger. These results were favorable than expected before construction. Average values less than 25% efficiency were expected, and average values of 28.7% were obtained. The velocity values of internal air tested were between 1.1 and 1.83 m/seg., and angles experienced were 44 ° and 40° to the horizontal plane. The final conclusión allows us to demonstrate that the unconventional system can obtain the same results as conventional air collectors in terms of operability and heat exchange.

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