Theoretical Analysis

The collector efficiency, nc, can be expressed using the well-known formula: n= ^ = Fr ( T ) - Fr Ul ^liljal (20)


where Qu is the useful energy rate gained by the collector, Ac is the collector area, G is the incident radiation on horizontal surface, FR is the heat removal factor, (id) is the transmittance-absorbance product, UL is the collector overall heat transfer loss coefficient, Ti is the inlet collector temperature, and Ta is the ambient temperature. The storage tank is modeled as a stratified tank (Duffie et al., 1991). The energy balance of the water in the storage tank accounts for energy gain from the collector, energy removed by the load, and energy lost to the surroundings.The equation describing these quantities is given by

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