A review of solar air flat plate collector for drying application

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Abstract

In this review, we present the fundamental mechanisms and descriptions of solar collectors, which are indispensable components of solar dryers. Then, analysis methods typically used for the evaluation of solar collector performance, particularly energy analysis and exergy analysis, are reported. Experimental and theoretical results from studies on the performance levels of solar air flat plate collectors are summarised as well. During indoor testing, the energy and exergy efficiencies of solar air flat plate collectors range from 30% to 79% and from 8% to 61%, respectively. Various solar collectors are described and classified, and the designs and performance levels of solar collectors with fins integrated to a fluidized bed combination of heat pump and biomass furnace are also reported. Moreover, solar air flat plate collector performances in the drying application of marine and agricultural products are presented. The energy and exergy efficiencies of the solar air flat plate collector in the drying application (outdoor testing) range from 28% to 62% and from 30% to 57%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-345
Number of pages13
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

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Solar collectors
Exergy
Drying
Air
Solar dryers
Agricultural products
Testing
Fluidized beds
Biomass
Furnaces
Pumps

Keywords

  • Exergy analysis
  • Fluidized bed
  • Heat pump
  • Hybrid drying
  • Improvement potential
  • Solar collector
  • Solar drying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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