Technologies for Solar Thermal Energy

Technologies for Solar Thermal Energy

Theory, Design and, Optimization

1st Edition - March 25, 2022

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  • Editor: Md Hasanuzzaman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239599
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128242322

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Technologies for Solar Thermal Energy: Theory, Design and Optimization presents concepts surrounding industrial process heat and thermal power generation, including detailed theory and practical considerations for design, performance analysis, and economic assessments. Addressing the significance of power generation from solar thermal energy, the book covers the different power cycles for solar thermal power plant and comparison analysis, along with the advantages of solar thermal power systems compared with photovoltaic systems, corresponding energy storage technology, working materials, and the design method of a solar thermal power plant. This book is most valuable for lecturers, postgraduate and undergraduate students who will benefit from technological advances. In addition, researchers and engineers can use this book for modern theories and design aspects to enhance knowledge and conduct research in the field of solar thermal energy.

Key Features

  • Includes reference case studies that illustrate worldwide installations
  • Provides detailed coverage of the design of solar thermal energy storage and thermal collectors for power plants
  • Covers a complete economic assessment of solar thermal energy through a life cycle and feasibility analysis


Researchers and technicians working on solar thermal power engineering, as well as for college teachers and graduate students in energy-related programs

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • List of contributors
  • Chapter 1. Fundamentals of thermal energy and solar system integration
  • 1.1. Introduction
  • 1.2. Foundation of thermodynamics
  • 1.3. Thermal energy demand and supply
  • 1.4. Conventional thermal energy supply technologies
  • 1.5. Solar thermal integration
  • Chapter 2. Solar thermal energy conversion
  • 2.1. Introduction
  • 2.2. The geometry of solar radiation
  • 2.3. Components and types of solar radiation
  • 2.4. Calculation of extraterrestrial radiation
  • 2.5. Calculation of terrestrial radiation
  • 2.6. Calculation of beam and diffuse radiation on horizontal plane
  • 2.7. Radiations on a tilted plane
  • 2.8. Solar power conversion
  • 2.9. Solar tracking technology
  • 2.10. Worked out problems
  • Chapter 3. Heat exchanger for solar thermal energy
  • 3.1. Basic concept of heat exchanger
  • 3.2. Design of heat exchanger
  • 3.3. Heat exchanger performance analysis
  • 3.4. Problems and solutions on HEs
  • Chapter 4. Solar thermal collector
  • 4.1. Basic concept of solar thermal collectors
  • 4.2. Categorization of solar thermal collectors
  • 4.3. Nonconcentrator collectors
  • 4.4. Concentrator collectors
  • Chapter 5. Solar photovoltaic thermal systems
  • 5.1. Introduction
  • 5.2. Photovoltaic thermal technology
  • 5.3. Solar cell or PV cell
  • 5.4. Energy conversion in different types of PVT systems
  • Chapter 6. Solar thermal power plant
  • 6.1. Introduction
  • 6.2. Basic concept of solar thermal power plant
  • 6.3. Solar thermal power generation technologies
  • 6.4. Solar position modeling
  • 6.5. Design of a parabolic through solar thermal power plant
  • 6.6. Design of a solar tower power plant
  • 6.7. Heat transfer fluid
  • 6.8. Site selection and mapping
  • 6.9. Design of thermal collector for power plant
  • 6.10. Solar aided power generation
  • 6.11. Hybridization of power cycle with solar thermal energy resources
  • 6.12. Performance analysis
  • Chapter 7. Solar thermal energy storage
  • 7.1. Introduction
  • 7.2. Types of solar thermal energy storage system
  • 7.3. Corresponding solar thermal energy storage technologies
  • 7.4. Effectiveness analysis of thermal storage
  • 7.5. Design of a solar thermal energy storage system
  • 7.6. Energy storage material thermal properties & selection
  • 7.7. Example and solution
  • Chapter 8. Solar drying system
  • 8.1. Fundamental conception of the solar drying system
  • 8.2. Classification of solar dryers
  • 8.3. Components and selection of a solar dryer
  • 8.4. Solar drying design considerations for a product
  • 8.5. Characteristics of the solar drying
  • 8.6. Role of solar drying systems
  • 8.7. Application of solar dryers
  • Chapter 9. Solar water desalination system
  • 9.1. Basic concept of solar water desalination system
  • 9.2. Solar water desalination processes
  • 9.3. Indirect processes
  • 9.4. Direct processes
  • 9.5. Characteristics of solar water desalination system
  • 9.6. Design of an autonomous solar water desalination system
  • 9.7. Design method of solar water desalination system
  • 9.8. Performance analysis of solar water desalination system
  • Chapter 10. Economic assessment of solar thermal energy technologies
  • 10.1. Introduction
  • 10.2. Basic concept of solar thermal project planning
  • 10.3. Basic of project assessment
  • 10.4. Costs and cost estimating
  • 10.5. Feasibility analysis
  • 10.6. Cost control
  • 10.7. Tools for project economic performance analysis
  • Chapter 11. Environmental impact assessment of solar thermal energy
  • 11.1. Introduction
  • 11.2. Environmental impact assessment
  • 11.3. Life cycle assessment of industrial solar thermal systems
  • 11.4. LCA analysis of the fuel mix power generation
  • 11.5. Emission factor and analysis
  • 11.6. Global warming potential
  • 11.7. Energy and environmental impact
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: March 25, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239599
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128242322

About the Editor

Md Hasanuzzaman

Dr. Md. Hasanuzaman received PhD and M. Eng. Sc. from University of Malaya, Malaysia and B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh. Dr. Md. Hasanuzaman is currently a Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator (Master of Renewable Energy) in the UM Power Energy Dedicated Advanced Centre (UMPEDAC), Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE), University of Malaysia. Presently he is Associate Editor in Chief and Editorial Board member of several international journals. He works in the field of Thermal Engineering, Energy Conversion, Renewable Energy, Energy Policy, Solar Energy, Photovoltaic, PV/Thermal, Solar Heat in Industrial Process, Energy and Buildings, Transport and Electric Vehicle, Photovoltaic Materials. He received University of Malaya Excellence Awards 2012 for his outstanding achievement in PhD, Technical Scholarship from BUET, Bangladesh Scholarship Council and the Nippon Foundation, Japan, 2003-2004.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator (Master of Renewable Energy), UM Power Energy Dedicated Advanced Centre (UMPEDAC), Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE), University of Malaya, Malaysia; Associate Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Renewable Energy and the International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering Research

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