Analysis of solar chimney power plant utilizing chimney discrete model

Mohammad O. Hamdan

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The paper presents a mathematical thermal model for steady state airflow inside a solar chimney power plant using modified Bernoulli equation with buoyancy effect and ideal gas equation. The study evaluates the use of constant density assumption across the solar chimney and compares it with more realistic chimney mathematical discrete model that allows density variation across the chimney. The result shows that using a constant density assumption through the solar chimney can simplify the analytical model however it over predicts the power generation. The results show that the chimney height, the collector radius, the solar irradiance, and the turbine head are essential parameters for the design of solar chimneys. The maximum power generation depends on the turbine head and the relation is not monotonic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalRenewable energy
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Buoyancy effect
  • Chimney discrete model
  • Draft tower
  • Renewable energy
  • Solar chimney

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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