American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Energetic Performances Study of an Integrated Collector Storage Solar Water Heater

O. Helal, B. Chaouachi, S. Gabsi and C. Bouden

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2010.152.158

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 3, Issue 1

Pages 152-158


Problem statement: Although that the interest attributed to the solar energy remains relatively limited, we attend today to the conception of several installations using the sun as energy source among which we quote the solar water heater. Approach: A study of energetic performances was taken on an integrated collector/storage solar water heater made in the National School of Engineers of Gabes. This water heater is equipped with a concentration system containing a reflector composed of three parabolic branches favorating a better absorption of solar radiance. Results: The comparison between this system and two other systems of solar water heater, composed of a storage ball with asymmetrical CPC and symmetrical CPC, showed important energetic performances despite the simplicity and the little cost of the collector. Conclusion: Several improvements are necessary to increase the direct flow whilst decrease the thermal losses and therefore make the system simpler to be installed on the building roof.


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