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Proceedings of Symposium on Energy Engineering in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century (SEE2000) Volume I-IV

ISSN:
1-56700-132-7 (Print)

DETERMINATION OF THE OPTIMUM CONDITIONS FOR MAXIMUM SOLAR ENERGY COLLECTION OF PLANE REFLECTOR-TILTED SOLAR COLLECTOR SYSTEMS

H.M.S. Hussein
Solar Energy Department National Research Centre

G.E. Ahmad
Solar Energy Department National Research Centre

M.A. Mohamad
Solar Energy Department National Research Centre

Abstract

The present paper presents theoretical analysis of the instantaneous, daily, and yearly enhancement in solar energy collection of tilted flat-plate solar collector augmented by a plane reflector. The shadow effect due to the reflector on the collector is considered in the analysis. A FORTRAN computer program has been constructed based on the analysis to optimize different operational and design parameters of plane reflector-tilted flat-plate solar collector systems. These parameters include reflector-collector system orientation and tilt angles, collector elongation ratio, and reflector overhang ratio.