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Solar Thermal Training System
(RE - 012)
  • Demonstrating the operation and design of a conventional solar thermal system.
  • Calculating the system net power.
  • Investigating the energy balance on the solar collector
  • Studying of the Influence of luminance, angle of incidence and flow rate.
  • Determination of energy curves
  • Studying the Influence of various absorbing surfaces.
  • Solar Thermal Training System (RE-012)

Solar thermal training system demonstrates the operation of a solar thermal system used for the heating of water in an illustrative manner. The trainer featuring a forced circulation system designed to obtain hot water used in sanitation, air conditioning and other similar domestic and industrial applications. The solar thermal system includes all required components to perform its operation, allow experimentation and displaying system’s parameters. The trainer can be provided optionally with a software for data acquisition.

  • The trainer includes all solar thermal system components required for its operation such as lighting source, collector, heater, hot water tank, absorber , pump and set of sensors.
  • A lighting system simulates natural solar radiation and enables a variety of laboratory investigations.
  • In an absorber, light is transformed into heat and then transmitted to a heat transfer fluid.
  • The heat transfer fluid is circulated using a pump through a hot water tank.
  • An integrated heat exchanger in the tank transfers the heat to the water.
  • To compare measurements of collector losses, a simpler blackened absorber can be used in place of the pre-installed absorber with selective coating.
  • Two connectors on the tank allow for the attachment of external heat consumers.
  • The trainer is equipped with sensors that can measure the luminance as well as the temperatures at different system location (collector input, collector outlet, ambient air, and tank).
  • The measured values can be concurrently displayed on the trainer and optionally uploaded via USB to a PC.
  • Optionally , The data can be readily displayed and further analyzed using the PC and the included software.