PERFORMANCE OF LOW-COST SOLAR WATER HEATER

  • Abrar Ridwan Universitas Muhammadiyah Riau
  • Ridwan Abdurrahman Universitas Riau
  • Ahmad Fudholi Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Keywords: Thermosyphon, Renewable energy, Solar collector, Solar Water Heater

Abstract

This study investigated the performance of a low-cost solar water heater (SWH). The SWH consists of a solar collector with a simple flat plate thermosiphon and water tank. The solar collector has, a glass cover, painted black on an aluminium absorber plate, water pipes and the sides insulated. During the testing process, the temperatures in the SWH were recorded at 1-second intervals by using Advantech Software DAQ Navi Data Logger, which is connected to a laptop via USB-4718, 8-Channel Thermocouple Input Module. The results that the efficiency of the solar collector ranged from 5% to 23%, with an average of 16% at water flow rate of 0.0019 kg/s. In addition, the time required by low-cost SWH to heat the water in a tank of 20 liters to reach its maximum temperature of 48.3°C is 8 hours 36 minutes

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Published
2022-07-15
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