|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|159039||2018||9 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||5938 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Solar Energy, Volume 167, June 2018, Pages 116-124
This paper proposes a novel design for a solar concentrated collector for thermoelectric power generator (SCTEG), with optimum power output per unit length of collector. This collector consists of a parabolic trough concentrator (PTC) and a receiver mounted with two thermoelectric generators (TEGs) along the aperture of the concentrator. In addition to assessment of the conventional design parameters, this study investigates the effects of two new geometrical parameters on the optical performance of SCTEGs. These parameters are the vertex angle between the inner surfaces of the TEGs, and the focus offset, which is the displacement of the vertices of the TEGs above or below the focal point of the concentrator. A geometric model, which develops the basis of a ray-tracing technique for performing the optical analysis, is also described. Simulations performed for a set of design parameters showed that both parameters affected not only the optical efficiency but also the local flux distribution (LFD) on the surface of the TEGs. Iso-optical efficiency contours and numbers of LFDs were plotted, taking different values of these parameters to determine optical efficiencies. A flat-plate receiver configuration showed 85.2% optical efficiency but with a single high peak in LFD at the centre, which was undesirable. A slight alteration in vertex angle and focus offset resulted in same optical efficiency but improved LFD. The highest optical efficiency determined was 93.61% for the wide-receiver configuration. A thermodynamic analysis of the SCTEG design is also presented. This research work will assist in the development of more efficient SCTEGs.