The construction and operational activities at the University of Illinois (U.I.) salt gradient solar pond facility are described. Several discussions are given on major topics related to solar ponds. The discussions also contain cost information where available or relevant. Overall, the U.I. solar pond has demonstrated that solar ponds for low grade heating applications, such as space heating and grain drying, can be designed in a simple manner that requires minimal maintenance duties. More time is needed to refine operation procedures, however, enough information has been collected such that the basic design used for the pond can be replicated without significant modifications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Materials Science(all)