American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Thermal Performance of a Solar Heat Storage Accumulator Used For Greenhouses Conditioning

Mejdi Hazami, Sami Kooli, Meriam Lazaar, Abdelhamid Farhat and Ali Belghith

DOI : 10.3844/ajessp.2005.270.277

American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 1, Issue 4

Pages 270-277

Abstract

The use of solar energy for greenhouse heating has gained an increasing acceptance during the last years. Active solar systems applied to greenhouses can supply a significant part of the heating requirements. However, there are some problems related to the cost of the heat collection unit and the heat storage methods. In this context several techniques were born. The most famous of these techniques is the seasonal storage of thermal heat in soil. The objective of our work is to study a system of thermal energy storage conceived in our Laboratory (LEPT, Tunisia). The system is composed of a vat having a large dimension (6 m3) filled with fin sand. Inside the vat three batteries of capillary exchangers are buried at three different levels. To heat the accumulator soil, we use a solar collector with a surface equal to 6 m2. In order to size the heat accumulating system, a numerical study is started. It allows evaluating the soil temperature as well as the energy cumulated inside the accumulator during the charging and the discharging period.

Copyright

© 2005 Mejdi Hazami, Sami Kooli, Meriam Lazaar, Abdelhamid Farhat and Ali Belghith. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.