Development of advanced solar assisted drying systems

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Abstract

The Solar Energy Research Group in the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia has been set-up more than two decades ago. One of the activities is in the field of solar thermal process, particularly in development of solar assisted drying systems. Solar drying systems technical development can proceed in two directions. Firstly simple, low power, short life, and comparatively low efficiency-drying system. Secondly, the development of high efficiency, high power, long life expensive solar drying system. The group has developed four solar assisted drying systems namely (a) the V-groove solar collector, (b) the double-pass solar collector with integrated storage system, (c) the solar assisted dehumidification system for medicinal herbs and (d) the photovoltaic thermal (PVT) collector system. The common problems associated with the intermittent nature of solar radiation and the low intensities of solar radiation in solar thermal systems can be remedied using these types of solar drying systems. These drying systems have the advantages of heat storage, auxiliary energy source, integrated structure control system and can be use for a wide range of agricultural produce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-709
Number of pages7
JournalRenewable Energy
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

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Keywords

  • Double-pass solar collector
  • Photovoltaic thermal solar collector
  • Solar dehumidification system
  • V-groove solar collector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Development of advanced solar assisted drying systems. / Othman, Mohd. Yusof; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Yatim, Baharudin; Wan Daud, Wan Ramli.

In: Renewable Energy, Vol. 31, No. 5, 04.2006, p. 703-709.

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