Effect of insulation thickness on the productivity of basin type solar stills: An experimental verification under local climate

Abdul Jabbar N. Khalifa, Ahmed Hamood

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Abstract

To achieve a high efficiency of a solar still, heat losses from the sides and base should be minimized by adequate insulation to insure the storage of the absorbed thermal energy. The effect of insulation on the productivity of a basin type solar still is verified in this study. Solar stills with insulation thickness of 30, 60 and 100 mm are investigated and the results are compared with those obtained for a still without insulation. It was found that the insulation thickness has a significant impact on the productivity of the still up to a thickness of 60 mm. The insulation thickness could influence the productivity of the still by over 80%. A performance correlation for the effect of insulation on productivity is also developed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2457-2461
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Volume50
Issue number9
Early online date3 Jul 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

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