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Thermal and optical efficiency analysis of the first Moroccan linear Fresnel concentrator receiver

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Hamid Ajdad

Renewable Energy team, Department of Energy, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Moulay Ismail University, Marjane II, BP : 4024, Beni Mhamed − Meknes 50000, Morocco
ajdad.cmi@gmail.com

Yousra Filali Baba

Renewable Energy team, Department of Energy, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Moulay Ismail University, Marjane II, BP : 4024, Beni Mhamed − Meknes 50000, Morocco
filalibabayousra@gmail.com

Ahmed Al Mers

Renewable Energy team, Department of Energy, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Moulay Ismail University, Marjane II, BP : 4024, Beni Mhamed − Meknes 50000, Morocco
almers_ahmed@gmail.com

Ossama Merroun

Equipe Energies Nouvelles et Systèmes Eco-Innovants, Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Appliqués (LPCMA), Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Avenue Nile 150, Casablanca, Morocco
meroun.ossama@gmail.com

Abdelfattah Bouatem

Renewable Energy team, Department of Energy, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Moulay Ismail University, Marjane II, BP : 4024, Beni Mhamed − Meknes 50000, Morocco
bouatem1@hotmail.com

Noureddine Boutammachte

Renewable Energy team, Department of Energy, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Moulay Ismail University, Marjane II, BP : 4024, Beni Mhamed − Meknes 50000, Morocco
boutammachte@gmail.com

Soukaina El Alj

Renewable Energy team, Department of Energy, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Moulay Ismail University, Marjane II, BP : 4024, Beni Mhamed − Meknes 50000, Morocco
elalj.soukaina@gmail.com

Sara Benyakhlef

Renewable Energy team, Department of Energy, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Moulay Ismail University, Marjane II, BP : 4024, Beni Mhamed − Meknes 50000, Morocco
sara.benyakhlef07@gmail.com

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4040064 History: Received September 27, 2017; Revised April 18, 2018

Abstract

A solar heating compound parabolic collector (CPC) using air and palm oil as heat carrier fluid is proposed and analysed within this study via heat transfer and ray tracing simulations. This collector is placed above a linear Fresnel solar field prototype with an area of approximately 70m2 erected at the platform of the Green Energy Park (32° 14' N 7° 57' O), southern Morocco (Benguerir). The system is a linear focusing solar system intended to be used for applications across a broad range of industrial sectors for generating medium temperature heat up to 250°C. The Monte Carlo ray tracing method was used to predict the optical performances of the receiver. We have developed a simplified thermal model to investigate and analyze the thermal performances of the receiver under different conditions. It has been demonstrated that the investigated receiver satisfactorily matches the heat demand by producing low and medium temperature heat with an annual system efficiency of 45%.

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