PERFORMANCE OF A COMBINED PHOTOVOLTAIC/AIR-HEATING FLAT PLATE COLLECTOR.

Kuan Chong Ting, M. E. Singley, R. G. Flory

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Abstract

An air-heating flat plate solar collector having a photovoltaic panel as its absorber was constructed and tested. The collector was of a ″flow under the absorber with no cover plate″ type. The amorphous type photovoltaic panel was used to convert solar radiation into electric power to charge a battery. Two blowers were powered by the battery to draw ambient air through a channel underneath the panel. The collector was designed to supply the air, heated by the sun when it is available, for low temperature drying of agricultural products without relying on any external power source. The average daily thermal and electrical efficiencies were found to be 18. 7% and 2. 5%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-181
Number of pages4
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Volume31
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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