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ENERGY AND EXERGY EFFICIENCY OF HEAT PIPE EVACUATED TUBE SOLAR COLLECTORS

ABSTRACT
In this paper, a heat pipe evacuated tube solar collector has been investigated both theoretically and experimentally. A detailed theoretical method for energy and exergy analysis of the collector is provided. The method is also evaluated by experiments. The results showed a good agreement between the experiment and theory. Using the theoretical model, the effect of different parameters on the collector’s energy and exergy efficiency has been investigated. It is concluded that inlet water temperature, inlet water mass flow rate, the transmittance of tubes and absorptance of the absorber surface have a direct effect on the energy and exergy efficiency of the heat pipe evacuated tube solar collector. Increasing water inlet temperature in heat pipe evacuated solar collectors leads to a decrease in heat transfer rate between the heat pipe’s condenser and water.
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PAPER SUBMITTED: 2013-02-27
PAPER REVISED: 2015-07-02
PAPER ACCEPTED: 2015-10-06
PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2015-11-15
DOI REFERENCE: https://doi.org/10.2298/TSCI130227150J
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THERMAL SCIENCE YEAR 2016, VOLUME 20, ISSUE 1, PAGES [327 - 335]
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