Analytical thermal analysis of solar chimney power plant

Mohammad O. Hamdan

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Abstract

An analytical model and a thermodynamics study of the steady airflow inside a solar chimney are performed in this paper. A simplified Bernoulli equation combined with fluid dynamics and ideal gas equation are modeled and solved using EES solver to predict the performance of a solar chimney power plant. The analytical model is validated against an experimental and numerical data available in the literature. The developed analytical model is used to evaluate the effect of geometric parameters on the solar plant power generation. The analysis is showing that the height and diameter of the tower are the most important physical variables for the solar chimney design. The collector area has minimal effect on second-law efficiency but strong effect on harvested energy. The second law efficiency has non-monotonic relation with the turbine head.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2010
Pages451-455
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010
EventASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2010 - Phoenix, AZ, United States
Duration: May 17 2010May 22 2010

Publication series

NameASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2010
Volume1

Other

OtherASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhoenix, AZ
Period5/17/105/22/10

Keywords

  • Atmospheric updraft
  • Buoyancy force
  • Green energy
  • Solar chimney
  • Solar collector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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