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Mehranfar, S., Gharehghani, A., Azizi, A., Mahmoudzadeh Andwari, A., Pesyridis, A., & Jouhara, H. (2022). Comparative assessment of innovative methods to improve solar chimney power plant efficiency. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 49, 101807.

Comparative assessment of innovative methods to improve solar chimney power plant efficiency

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Author: Mehranfar, Sadegh1; Gharehghani, Ayat1; Azizi, Alireza1;
Organizations: 1School of Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran, Iran
2Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University London, UB8 3PH, UK
3Vehicle and Mobile Machinery Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4200, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
4ollege of Engineering, Alasala University, King Fahad Bin Abdulaziz Rd., 31483, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-11-24


Utilizing Solar Chimney Power Plants (SCPPs) for manufacturing clean and environment-friendly energy has drawn a lot of attention in recent years and has (over the passing decades) become one of the most promising solutions in the solar energy field. Low efficiency, construction difficulties and other required improvements have encouraged researchers to work on this system. Many researchers put their efforts into proposing an optimized configuration for the main components, whereas others have proposed innovative ideas and add-on accessories to improve solar chimney power plants from an efficiency or construction viewpoint. This paper provides a comprehensive review of the past few decades and includes analyses of the theoretical, experimental and numerical studies conducted focused on optimizing the main characters of the system, such as the chimney, collector and Power Conversion Unit (PCU) together with other recently suggested innovative ideas and alternative technologies to improve solar chimney power plants efficiency. Concurrently, other researchers focused on hybrid solar chimney power plants to produce the desired by-product such as distilled water and so make SCPPs more practical.

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Series: Sustainable energy technologies and assessments
ISSN: 2213-1388
ISSN-E: 2213-1396
ISSN-L: 2213-1388
Volume: 49
Article number: 101807
DOI: 10.1016/j.seta.2021.101807
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 214 Mechanical engineering
Copyright information: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license