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Optical performances of a solar parabolic trough collector for various solar tracking modes under climatic conditions of Maroua


Volume 29, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages 137–148

 Optical performances of a solar parabolic trough collector for various solar tracking modes under climatic conditions of Maroua

Joseph Kessel Pombe, Haman Djalo, Beda Tibi, and Albert Ayang

Original language: English

Received 28 November 2016

Copyright © 2017 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


Detailed simulations in aim to evaluate optical performances of a solar parabolic trough collector for various solar tracking modes under climatic conditions of Maroua have been investigated by using the empirical model of Capderou, incidence angle, day of the year, solar direct radiation, legal time, incident angle modifier and global energy absorbed by the heat collection element during the sunniest and the least sunny month. The performances of the three tracking modes assumed compare to full tracking mode during a typical sunny day in Maroua, lead to percentages 98%, 99.98% and 69.25% in the sunniest month and 91.2%, 81.45%, and 62.85% in the least sunny month for East-West polar tracking, East-West horizontal tracking and North-South horizontal tracking respectively. Besides, the results show that, the East-West horizontal and East-West polar solar tracking modes are more suitable and getting closer with full tracking compared the North-South horizontal tracking mode. The optical efficiency reached at about 74% according to the East-West horizontal and East-West polar solar tracking mode and maximum temperatures of 180°C for air and oil and 90°C for water were reached by applying East-West polar and East-West horizontal tracking modes in a typical day of the sunny month.

Author Keywords: Optical efficiency, parabolic trough collector, solar tracking modes, Maroua.


How to Cite this Article


Joseph Kessel Pombe, Haman Djalo, Beda Tibi, and Albert Ayang, “Optical performances of a solar parabolic trough collector for various solar tracking modes under climatic conditions of Maroua,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 137–148, March 2017.