Solar Energy Design Improvement: A Methodology for Hydronic Flat Plate Collector Systems.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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A methodology for solar energy system design improvement has been developed and coupled with a constrained function optimization code resulting in an automated solar energy system design procedure. The scope of the methodology is limited to systems using flat plate collectors and water as the working fluid. Eight parameters have been inlcuded as independent design variables. The design variables included collector area, collector tile angle, collector and storage fluid stream velocities, and collector to storage heat exchanger dimensions. The procedure includes an accounting for economic parameters as an intimate part of the design process. The resulting methodology has been used for the design of solar energy systems which would use shelf item collectors for the purpose of determining the optimum design variable vector for a given situation. The methodology could also be used on a limited basis for collector design optimization by exploring the effects of changing selected collector parmeters on system performance. The methodolgoy is coded in the FORTRAN computer language under the name SOLOAD-1 Solar Energy Optimization Analysis or Design.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Computer Programming and Software