In this talk we will discuss two uses of nanofluids for heat transfer: for cooling purposes and for absorbing solar thermal energy. In the first case we show that a popular theoretical model, which has been used by numerous researchers to show enhanced thermal transport in fact leads to the opposite result, namely that nanofluids do not show improved heat transfer when compared to the base fluid. In the second case we show that nanofluids can improve the absorption of solar energy and so increase the efficiency of solar thermal energy collectors.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: Technical Proceedings of the 2014 Clean Technology Conference and Trade Show
Published: June 15, 2014
Pages: 131 - 134
Industry sector: Energy & Sustainability
Topic: Solar Technologies