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TECHNICAL BRIEFS

A Simple Formula for Calculating the Optimal Frequency for Cleaning Concentrating Solar Collectors

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K. D. Bergeron

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M. 87185

J. Sol. Energy Eng 104(3), 270-271 (Aug 01, 1982) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266312 History: Received October 07, 1981; Online November 11, 2009

Abstract

A formula for the interval between solar collector cleanings is presented which minimizes the energy user’s annual operating costs (including backup energy costs). Results are applicable to both thermal and electric power systems and, with slight modification, to flat plate collectors.

Copyright © 1982 by ASME
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