Efficiency of a Flat-plate Solar Collector with Water-based MWCNT Nanofluids

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In this paper, the efficiency of nanofluid-based flat-plate solar collector is analytically evaluated by use of the extinction coefficient of nanofluids. The water-based multi wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanofluids and water-based Ag nanofluids are selected as a solar thermal energy absorbing medium and their extinction coefficients are experimentally obtained by means of the Lambert-Beer law. To assess the efficiency of the solar collector, the theoretical model is established by solving a nondimensionalized 2-D heat equation and we present simplified solution of dimensionless temperature. Finally, the efficiency of nanofluid-based flat-plate collector is estimated and compared to the efficiency of conventional flat-plate solar collector.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Nanotechnology 2013: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational (Volume 2)
Published: May 12, 2013
Pages: 362 - 365
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topics: Modeling & Simulation of Microsystems
ISBN: 978-1-4822-0584-8