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Integrated Flat Plate Solar Thermoelectric System

Adavbiele, A. S. and Aasa, S. A. (2012) Integrated Flat Plate Solar Thermoelectric System. European Journal of Scientific Research, 76 (2). pp. 253-270. ISSN 1450-216X

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A simple flat plate solar collector, which serves as a water heater and integrated to thermoelectric modules, was put in place. The essence was to harness the same solar energy that causes the bulk of heat gains to the building to heat water while at the same time the unit acts as an air-conditioner and generator to drive air circulating fans. A space with six occupants was considered for the study. A heat gain assessment was carried out to determine the power required of the thermoelectric modules to match the space. A collector size to power the modules, was then determined, constructed and the performance assessed. With two glass covers, average maximum temperature of 1060C was recorded at mid clear sky days on latitude 7°0'49" North, 6°30'14" East in the months of April to September. Each of the thermoelectric element (TE) modules generated a voltage of 2V, enough to power a fan and a number of light emitting diodes (LED). The performance of the system was strongly dependent on the intensity of solar insolation and temperature difference of hot and cold sides for the thermoelectric module. Integrated design suggested that all of the device’s features and components were chosen to work in harmony with each other toward the goal of creating a sustainable built environment. This encouraged attention to the materials chosen so that they will age gracefully and require an appropriate amount of maintenance over their lifetime

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2012 00:51
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2012 00:51

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