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Analytical and experimental study of an innovative multiple-throughout-flowing micro-channel-panels-array for a solar-powered rural house space heating system

Fan, Yi; Zhao, Xudong; Li, Guiqiang; Cheng, Yuanda; Zhou, Jinzhi; Yu, Min; Du, Zhenyu; Ji, Jie; Zhu, Zishang; Diallo, Thierno; Ma, Xiaoli

Authors

Yi Fan

Yuanda Cheng

Jinzhi Zhou

Zhenyu Du

Jie Ji

Zishang Zhu

Thierno Diallo



Abstract

This paper presents a combined analytical and experimental study of an innovative multiple-throughout-flowing micro-channel-panels-array applicable to a solar-powered rural house space heating system. This array, compared to the traditional one-to-one-connection panels-array, can significantly reduce the temperature difference between the head and real panels and thus increase the overall solar thermal efficiency and energy efficiency ratio (EER). The research methodology covers the theoretical analysis, experimental testing, model validation and system optimization. It is found that the analytical model has a good accuracy in predicting the performance of the multiple-throughout-flow micro-channels-panels-array, giving a discrepancy of less than 10%. In terms of the configuration and sizes of the array, 10 pieces of panels with 5 flow turns is regarded as the most favorite option. During the operation, decreasing flow rate of the fluid led to the increased EER of the panels-array. By converting the one-to-one-connection mode into the multiple-throughout-flowing mode, the overall solar thermal efficiency of the panels-array increases by around 10% and its energy efficiency factor (EER) decreases by 80% respectively. The research has addressed a novel solar-panels-array that can be well applied to solar thermal systems, thus making a significant contribution to the saving of fossil fuel energy consumption and reduction of carbon emission on global scale.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 15, 2019
Journal Energy
Print ISSN 0360-5442
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 171
Pages 566-580
APA6 Citation Fan, Y., Zhao, X., Li, G., Cheng, Y., Zhou, J., Yu, M., …Ma, X. (2019). Analytical and experimental study of an innovative multiple-throughout-flowing micro-channel-panels-array for a solar-powered rural house space heating system. Energy, 171, 566-580. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2019.01.049
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2019.01.049
Keywords General Energy; Pollution
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544219300507?via%3Dihub

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