Effect of energy extraction on solar pond performance

K. Al-Jamal, S. Khashan

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The effect of extracted heat load (qLd) on solar pond performance is studied. A finite difference method is used to solve the governing equations. It was found that the thickness of the non-convection zone (NCZ) is dependent on the amount of qLd. This thickness varies between 0.91 and 1.18 m for the qLd variation between 30 and 10 W/m2, respectively. At these thicknesses of NCZ, the maximum storage temperature can be achieved. The lost energy from the pond is a maximum if no load is extracted. However, the amount of absorbed solar radiation in the pond is increased by increasing the extracted load.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-566
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - May 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Heat transfer
  • Solar energy
  • Solar pond

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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