Solar thermal collectors are the key device
of converting solar energy into thermal energy.
Solar thermal collectors have different types.
Non-concentrating collectors are commonly seen as flat plate, evacuated tubular
or heat pipe solar collectors. Concentrating solar collectors include parabolic
trough collector (PTC) or Compound Parabolic Collector (CPC).
Solar thermal collectors need to be tested
before marketing for thermal performance evaluation and certification by
identifying key thermal parameters such as maximum efficiency, heat loss
The aim of this project is to
develop/improve a common dynamic test method for testing different solar
collectors under transient weather conditions. Further, the test method needs to be verified by experimental data analysis.
The developed/improved dynamic test method
can be implemented for different collector types and the comparison results
have a high possibility of forming a scientific paper.