Simulation of a Solar Pond With a Stratified Storage Zone

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T. A. Newell

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill. 61801

J. Sol. Energy Eng 105(4), 363-368 (Nov 01, 1983) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266392 History: Received October 10, 1982; Online November 11, 2009


Numerical simulation results are presented which compare performances between a conventional solar pond and a proposed solar pond configuration. The proposed pond maintains a stratified storage zone below the lower convecting zone of a pond. Addition of a stratified storage zone is shown to have two general results. First, ground losses are minimized, and second, higher process temperature levels can be accommodated. Additionally, the proposed configuration may result in a reduction of pond investment cost.

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