Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1977

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Agricultural Engineering

Abstract

Many variations of solar concentrators, solar collectors, and solar thermal energy storage units are currently being investigated for use in agricultural space heating applications. However, limited data are available on the use of solar concentrators and thermal storage systems for specific agricultural applications in most climatic areas. Since useful alternate energy sources are of such great importance, research was conducted with the following objectives: 1. Evaluate the thermal efficiency and energy collecting capabilities of a solar energy-intensifier under actual climatic conditions. 2. Study the temperature and energy storage characteristics of a native stone thermal energy storage unit used with a solar energy-intensifier. 3. Evaluate the performance of a solar energy-intensifier-thermal energy storage system used for space heating during winter climatic conditions.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Solar heating

Solar energy

Heat storage devices

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

89

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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