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Journal of Energy in Southern Africa

On-line version ISSN 2413-3051
Print version ISSN 1021-447X


CHAMOLI, Sunil. Exergy analysis of a flat plate solar collector. J. energy South. Afr. [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.3, pp.08-13. ISSN 2413-3051.

In this study, exergetic performance analysis of flat plate solar collector has been carried out analytically. A comprehensive mathematical modelling of thermal performance is simulated using MATLAB simulink and optimal geometrical and thermody-namic parameters are predicted pertaining to optimum performance of the system. The optimization procedure was applied to a typical collector and the optimum design points were extracted. The optimum values of collector inlet temperature, mass flow rate, absorber plate area, and fluid outlet temperature for maximum exergy inflow from the system have been obtained.

Keywords : exergy; optimization; solar collector; solar energy.

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