Test Standards for Direct Steam Generating Solar Concentrators

Abstract

There are a few standards reported in the literature for testing and evaluation of thermal performance of solar concentrators based on sensible heating of working fluid. The preceding standard measures only the cooking efficiency and cooking capacity. Apart from thermal efficiency, there is an imperative need for other important parameters of the solar concentrators such as its stagnation temperature, cooking capacity, cost per watts delivered, weight of the cooker, ease of handling and aesthetics. The characterization of a concentrator at its operating temperature settles appropriate size and type of concentrator for any thermal application. The performance test is conducted at Chandwad (20.3292°N, 74.2444°E), Maharashtra and the proposed protocol aims for evaluation of thermal performance of solar cooking system and standardization of reporting the test results so that anyone can easily recognize and use it.

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M. Rathore, M. and Warkhedkar, R. (2015) Test Standards for Direct Steam Generating Solar Concentrators. Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 3, 1-10. doi: 10.4236/jpee.2015.312001.

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