Experimental Study of the Energy and Exergy performance for a Pressurized Volumetric Solar Receiver

Zhu, Jianqin, Wang, Kai, Li, Guoqing, Wu, Hongwei, Jiang, Zhaowu, Lin, Feng and Li, Yongliang (2016) Experimental Study of the Energy and Exergy performance for a Pressurized Volumetric Solar Receiver. Applied Thermal Engineering, 104. pp. 212-221. ISSN 1359-4311

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This article presents an experimental investigation of the heat transfer characteristics as well as energy and exergy performance for a pressurised volumetric solar receiver under variable mass flow rate conditions. During a two-hour period of continuous operation in the morning, the solar irradiance is relatively stable and maintained at approximately 600 W/m2, which is beneficial for analyzing the energy and exergy performance of the solar receiver. Experimental results show that the mass flow rate fluctuation has insignificant effect on the solar receiver outlet temperature, whereas the mass flow rate plays an important role in the solar receiver power, energy efficiency and exergy efficiency. The efficiency of the solar receiver is normally above 55% with the highest efficiency of 87%, and under steady state operating conditions the efficiency is maintained at approximately 60%. A very low value of the heat loss factor (0.014 kW/K) could be achieved during the current steady state operating conditions. The highest exergy efficiency is approximately 36%. In addition, as the temperature difference increases, the impact of the exergy factor increases. The highest exergy factor is 0.41 during the entire test.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solar receiver; Exergy; Energy efficiency; Heat transfer; Radiation
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 10:03
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26844

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