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Optimization approach for concentrated solar parabolic trough

M. Isa, M. and A. Rahman, Rahisham and Goh, H. H. and Selat, M. A. (2015) Optimization approach for concentrated solar parabolic trough. International Journal of Applied Engineering Research (IJAER), 9 (23). pp. 7849-7854. ISSN 09739769


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This paper investigates the performance of concentrated solar parabolic trough by means of numerical analysis and experimental works. The study is carried out on two parabolic trough prototypes with different focal length of 12.5 cm and 20 cm. Test setup consists parabolic trough mirror, supported by aluminium structure. A geometric equation to optimize the shape of parabolic trough is presented. The validity of the concept is demonstrated by measurements in the laboratory. Results of focal and slope errors showed that the middle and top of the parabolic surface appears to be the best region for an effective reflection of rays. It is estimated that the parabolic length can be reduced by nearly 25% of the total surface area which allows for an optimization of the shape and dimension of parabolic trough concentrators.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV); parabolic trough mirror; reflection angle; focal error; slope error
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK1001-1841 Production of electric energy or power. Powerplants. Central stations
Divisions: Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering > Department of Electrical Power Engineering
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 03:37
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 03:37
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/9395
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