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Experimental investigation of evacuated heat pipe solar collector efficiency using phase-change fluid

Fang, Wenbo; Riffat, Saffa; Wu, Yupeng

Authors

Wenbo Fang

Saffa Riffat

Yupeng Wu



Abstract

Performance of a microencapsulated phase-change material (PCM) as a heat-transport medium in an evacuated heat pipe solar collector was evaluated and the results compared with those using water. Collector efficiency was experimentally determined according to the method based on European Standard EN 12975–2:2006. This method proved unsuitable when using an encapsulated PCM suspension. A modified test method was proposed, which was appropriate for predicting solar collector efficiency when using a phase-change fluid. Average solar collection efficiency when using a PCM suspension was higher than that using water.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies
Print ISSN 1748-1317
Electronic ISSN 1748-1325
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Fang, W., Riffat, S., & Wu, Y. (in press). Experimental investigation of evacuated heat pipe solar collector efficiency using phase-change fluid. International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, doi:10.1093/ijlct/ctx010
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ijlct/ctx010
Keywords test method EN 12975; phase-change material; encapsulation; solar collector efficiency
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/ijlct/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/ijlct/ctx010
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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