Evacuated tubular or classical flat plate solar collectors?

Zbyslaw Pluta

Abstract


Evacuated tubular solar collectors are increasingly used all over the world due to their low coefficients of heat losses to the environment. They are presented as a device collecting much larger quantities of solar energy than is usually possible to obtain from typical flat collector. They have, however, unfavorable radiation transmissivity characteristics of transparent shield of absorber. It causes that the profits of energy gain at the operating conditions of typical solar system in our country only slightly dependent on the nature of the solar collectors applied. This article is an attempt to explain this phenomenon through theoretical considerations.

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