You are on page 1of 22

THERMAL APPLICATIONS

Water Heating

Space Heating
Power generation Space cooling and Refrigeration Distillation Drying Cooking

WATER HEATING
Main components: Flat plate collector, storage tank placed at higher level than collector. Working: Water heated by solar energy in the collector automatically flows to the top of the tank and cold water replaces the bottom of the tank. FEATURES Auxiliary heating system is provided for use on cloudy and rainy days. Used most commonly in olden days. Small capacity natural circulation Low efficiency. Direct use of solar energy

Small capacity domestic water heater in which the fn. of collector and storage tank are
combined in one unit.

It consists of a closed shallow rectangular box of 5 to 10 cm deep made of sheet metal placed
in a housing, that supports glass cover, insulated at the bottom and sides.

Water is filled in the morning and with drawn in the evening for use. Less costly than natural circulation system Lesser efficiency

For large amount of water requirement large array of flat plate collectors are used. Forced circulation is maintained with water pump. Water from the storage tank is pumped through the collector array, where it is heated up and flows
back to the storage tank. When hot water is withdrawn for use cold makeup water takes its place because of ball float control. The pump for maintaining forced circulation is operated by an on off controller which senses the difference between the exit temp. of water from collectors and that of storage tank. The pump is switched off when the temp. difference crosses certain value

SPACE HEATING
# Water is heated in the solar collectors (A) and stored in the tank (B)
# Energy is transferred to the air circulating in the house by means of the water to air heat
exchanger(E)

# Two pumps (C) provide forced circulation between the tank and the heat exchanger. # Air can also be heated directly in the collectors. The heat is stored in a tank packed with
rocks, pebbles etc,.

# Space heating is of importance in colder countries where a significant amount of energy is


required for this purpose.

Passive Method of Space Heating


Space heating with passive method gives a fair degree of comfort. Thermal energy flows through the living space by natural means with out the help of any pump or blower. The south facing wall of the house is double glazed, behind it a thick black concrete wall absorbs solar
radiation and acts as storage.

Vents that can be opened or closed are provided at top and bottom of the storage wall. During daytime both A and B are opened, the air between inner glazing and the wall gets heated up and
flows into the living space, simultaneously cold air is pulled out by forming a natural circulation of air.

Energy transfer also takes place because of radiation between the inner surface of the wall and the room During nights, both A and B are closed and space heating is purely by radiation. It can also be used for summer ventilation
by proving vents at C and D, keeping A closed and B, C, D open.

The north side wall is glazed in summer


instead of south.

The variation in temp is about 100C and


cannot handle extreme climatic conditions

POWER GENERATION

Central Power Tower

Molten salt (Hitec) is use as heat transfer fluid. Cold salt at 2900c is pumped to the receiver at the top. It is heated up to a temp. of 5560c. It flows back to another tank and allowed to enter a steam generator where super
heated steam is produced.

This steam runs a turbine with rankin cycle where


mechanical work is produced and thus converted

to electricity.

Solar Chimney

Tall central chimney is surrounded at its base by a circular green hose consisting of a transparent
cover supported a few meters above the ground by a metal frame

Sunlight passing through the transparent cover causes the air trapped in the green house to heat
up by 100 to 200 .

A convection system is set up in which this air is drawn up through the central chimney, turning a turbine located at the base of the chimney and then into electrical energy by conventional electrical generators

The conversion efficiency is low. Cost is less compared to central power tower system.

SPACE COOLING AND REFRIGERATION


Principle:

# # #

Works on Absorption refrigeration cycle which require most of its energy input as heat, Cooling is required mostly in summer so there is seasonal matching between energy needs of space cooling system and available solar radiation.

Working:

Water heated in a flat plate collector array is passed through the heat exchanger ,
where the heat is transferred to a solution mixture of absorbent and refrigerant.

Refrigerant vapour is boiled off at a high pressure and goes into the condenser, where
it is condensed into a high pr. Liquid

The high pr. Liquid is throttled to low pr. And temp. in an expansion valve, and passes
through the evaporator coil.

Here, the refrigerant vapour absorbs heat and cooling is obtained in the space
surrounding the coil.

The refrigerant vapour is now absorbed into the solution mixture withdrawn from the
generator, which is weak in refrigerant concentration.

This yields a rich solution which is pumped back to the generator, there by
completing the cycle.

Common refrigerant absorbent mixtures: Ammonia water Water- Lithium Bromide COP Value : between 0.5 to 0.8 High cost to erect array of collectors

DISTILLATION
To supply drinking water to some small communities, where the natural supply of fresh water is
inadequate.

Principle:
A conventional basin type solar still, which consists of a shallow air tight basin lined with a black, impervious material, contains saline water. A sloping transparent cover is provided at the top Solar radiation is transmitted through the cover and is absorbed in the black lining It is thus heated up the water by 100 to 200C and causes to evaporate The resulting vapour rises, condenses as pure water on the under side of cover and flows into condensate collection channel on the sides Out put: 3 lit/m2 with an efficiency of 30 to 35%

DRYING

A cabinet

type solar dryer, suitable for small scale use, consists of an enclosure with a

transparent cover. The matl. To be dried is placed in perforated trays. Solar radiation entering the enclosure is absorbed in the product itself and the surrounding internal surfaces of the enclosure. As a result moisture is removed from the product and air inside is heated . Suitable openings at the bottom and top ensure a natural circulation of air. Temp. ranges from 500c to 800c are usually attained The drying time ranges from 2 to 4 days The products that can be dried with this method are Dates, apricots, chilies, grapes etc.,

Features: This method is used for Agricultural drying. Drying can be done in faster and in controlled fashion A better quality product is obtained

For large scale drying Active device with forced circulation of air is used. This systems are used mostly in drying of Timber

For large scale drying an indirect type Active device with


forced circulation of air is used where solar radiation with direct type is not sufficient or the temp. of products need to be controlled.

The air is heated separately in the array of solar air


heaters and then ducted to the chamber where the product to be dried is stored.

This systems are used mostly in


drying of food grains, tea, spices etc.,

COOKING
BOX TYPE COOKER:
A slow cooking device suitable for domestic purposes

Consists of rectangular enclosure insulated at sides and bottom and having one or two glass covers at the top.
Solar radiation enters the top and heats up the enclosure in which the food to be cooked is placed in shallow vessels. Temp. around 100o C can be obtained in sunny days. Suitable for cooking only rice, pulses etc,. Time taken for cooking is from half an hr. to two and half hrs ( app) Additional mirrors attached my reduce the cooking time by increasing the temp. around 150C more.

Operator need not to spend much time in sun with experience

Important domestic
Application. Many models are available

DISH SOLAR COOKER

Radiation is concentrated by
Paraboloid reflecting surface The cooking vessel is placed at the focus of the reflecting Paraboloid mirror and is thus directly heated. Temp. well above 2000c are obtained in it It can be used to prepare food items that require roasting, frying or boiling Features: It requires manual tracking for every 15 or 20 min. Cooking is done outdoors, hence, the operator has to spend more time in sun