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Optimization and design of energy transport system for solar cooking application


  • Prasanna, U.R.
  • Umanand, L.


This paper proposes a hybrid solar cooking system where the solar energy is transported to the kitchen. The thermal energy source is used to supplement the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) that is in common use in kitchens. Solar energy is transferred to the kitchen by means of a circulating fluid. Energy collected from sun is maximized by changing the flow rate dynamically. This paper proposes a concept of maximum power point tracking (MPPT) for the solar thermal collector. The diameter of the pipe is selected to optimize the overall energy transfer. Design and sizing of different components of the system are explained. Concept of MPPT is validated with simulation and experimental results.

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  • Prasanna, U.R. & Umanand, L., 2011. "Optimization and design of energy transport system for solar cooking application," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 88(1), pages 242-251, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:88:y:2011:i:1:p:242-251

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