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Ricci M.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Bocci E.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Michelangeli E.,Marconi University | Micangeli A.,Interuniversity Center for Research on Sustainable Development | And 2 more authors.
Energy Procedia | Year: 2015

Solar thermal collectors represent one of the most widely used technologies for heat production from renewable energy sources. To increase efficiency and to not increase too much cost different type of solar collectors, and in particular of evacuated tube collectors have been realized. In order to compare performance, tests at different conditions and in different configurations have to be performed. The aim of this paper is to establish the performance of a new prototype via an experimental evaluation of the performance in different conditions and configurations of three collectors. The prototype is particular owing to his new head configuration that permits an innovative parallel configuration way. Therefore, parallel and series configurations have been analyzed applying the UNI-EN 12975, in a steady-state regime. The efficiencies of the two configurations have been tested for different flow rates and different inflow water temperatures. The experimental results show that, with the same input flow rate to the single collector, the parallel configuration has higher performance than the series one, reaching 15% higher level of efficiency. Thus, it seems that these prototypes in optimized configuration can lead to a systems improvement, thereby increasing the overall energy production or giving the same energy production with smaller collector area. © 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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