Solar Air Heating Using CPC - (Compound Parabolic Concentrator) Collector for Agro Industries

  IJETT-book-cover  International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT)          
© 2018 by IJETT Journal
Volume-66 Number-2
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : M.Arasumani, M.Thiruppathirajan, R.Anbarasan, T.Dineshkumar
DOI :  10.14445/22315381/IJETT-V66P213


MLA Style: M.Arasumani, M.Thiruppathirajan, R.Anbarasan, T.Dineshkumar "Solar Air Heating Using CPC - (Compound Parabolic Concentrator) Collector for Agro Industries" International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology 66.2 (2018): 73-77.

APA Style:M.Arasumani, M.Thiruppathirajan, R.Anbarasan, T.Dineshkumar (2018). Solar Air Heating Using CPC - (Compound Parabolic Concentrator) Collector for Agro Industries. International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology, 66(2), 73-77.

Solar energy is the natural resource of energy. Solar energy is rapidly advancing as an important means of renewable energy resource. The Sun is the source of all energy. The energy obtained from the sun is the most promising renewable energy sources since it is clean, safe and free. Solar power is the technology of obtaining usable energy from the light of the sun. Applications of solar energy are commercially available and are used by millions of people in various parts of the world. One of the promising areas of the applications of solar energy is solar air heater. Solar air heaters are used for drying and space heating. Cultivation is one of the important occupations for the livelihood of the people in villages. Peas, Cardamom, Lemabeans, Groundnut and Coffee are mainly cultivated in Theni District in Tamilnadu, India. Drying the products in a hygienic manner is one of the important processes in agriculture. We have decided to design a solar air heater with compound parabolic collector (CPC) and study its thermal efficiency. This type of air heaters can be used to dry the agricultural products which require hot air at high temperature ranges from 70°C-120°. This type of air heater can be utilized for various applications such as dehydration and drying. This would be beneficial not only in conserving the fossil fuels, but also in protecting the environment by the emissions of harmful pollutants and green house gases.

[1] A.A.El-Sebaii; S.M. Shalaby (2012): Solar drying ofagricultural products: A review, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16, 37– 43.
[2] A.Fadhel; S. Kooli; A. Farhat; A. Bellghith (2005): Studyof the solar drying of grapes by three different processes,Desalination 185, 535–541.
[3] Ahmad Ghazanfari (2002): Experiments on Solar Dryingof Pistachio Nuts, AIC, Paper No. 02-303.
[4] Alireza Azimi; Touraj Tavakoli (2012): Experimental Study on Eggplant Drying by an Indirect Solar Dryer and Open Sun Drying, Iranica Journal of Energy & Environment 3 (4): 347-353.
[5] A.R.Celma; F. Cuadros (2009): Energy and exergyanalyses of OMW solar drying process, Renewable Energy 34, 660–666.
[6] A.Saleh; I. Badran; (2009):Modeling and experimental studies on a domestic solar dryer, Renewable Energy 34, 2239–2245.
[7] G.N.Tiwari (2008), Applications of Solar Energy, P-218, Fourth edition, Narosa Publishing Pvt. Limited, New Delhi.

CPC collector, CPC Air Heating, compound parabolic concentrators