Design and Performance Analysis of a Solar Air Heater With High Heat Storage

  • Abhishek Saxena Department of Mechanical Engineering in Moradabad Institute of Technology, Moradabad-244001, India
  • Vineet Tirth department of Mechanical Engineering, at M.I.T, Moradabad
  • Ghanshyam Srivastava Eshan College of Engineering, Mathura-281001, India
Keywords: air heater, desert sand, heat storage, solar energy, performance, thermal energy storage

Abstract

The aims of this work is to enhance the efficiency of a simple designed solar air heater for crop drying and space heating. ‘Desert sand’, has been introduced as a heat absorbing media inside the solar heater. The experimental testing has been carried out on four different configurations by operating it on natural and forced convection in the climatic conditions of Moradabad, India. The thermal behavior of the system is evaluated by operating it on auxiliary power by placing a halogen lamp tube (300W) inside the inlet and outlet ducts. Because of using halogen lights the system is feasible to perform in poor ambient conditions. The thermal performance of all new configurations of the modified system was found better over a similarly designed conventional solar air heater.

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Author Biographies

Abhishek Saxena, Department of Mechanical Engineering in Moradabad Institute of Technology, Moradabad-244001, India

Abhishek Saxena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Moradabad Institute of Technology, Moradabad-244001, India. He is also a member of seven international societies of renewable energy and serving various international research publication houses as an editorial board member and reviewer. Currently, he is working on his area of interest, i.e., alternative energy fuels, solar thermal systems, energy storage and air pollution.

Vineet Tirth, department of Mechanical Engineering, at M.I.T, Moradabad

Dr. Vineet Tirth is a professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, at M.I.T, Moradabad. He is an active member of various reputed universities of India as an expertise of Material science, energy materials. His area of interest is materials science and energy systems.

Ghanshyam Srivastava, Eshan College of Engineering, Mathura-281001, India

Dr. Ghanshyam Srivastava is the Director of Eshan College of Engineering, Mathura-281001, India. He is an active member of various reputed universities of India as an expertise of thermal engineering especially in gas power turbines. His area of interest is thermal engineering and renewable energy.

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2014-07-01
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