Anderson, T., Duke, M. & Carson, J. (2008). Designing a low cost solar collector system for process industry applications. In Proceedings of SCENZ: Is there a Future for Chemical and Process Engineers in New Zealand? University of Waikato, Hamilton; 20 October, 2008.
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New Zealand is a large producer and processor of primary products and has a climate with high levels of solar radiation. However, the use of solar energy for heating and cooling in the processing industries has received limited attention. For this study, the design of a low cost solar collector is analysed and discussed. Furthermore, the methods for integrating the collector into water heating and cooling systems in a hypothetical processing environment are examined. An F-Chart analysis is used to simulate the performance of large-area arrays of the solar collector and to determine its potential contribution to heating and cooling loads. The study shows that for a storage-based system, the contribution of solar energy is determined mainly by the collector area to storage volume ratio. It is suggested that this low cost collector could make a significant contribution to energy use in processing plants and may be an attractive future technology.
This article has been published in Proceedings of SCENZ: Is there a Future for Chemical and Process Engineers in New Zealand?. University of Waikato, Hamilton; 20 October, 2008.