Energy, exergy and environmental impact analysis on the novel indirect solar dryer with fins inserted phase change material

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Abstract

Solar energy is a widely used green energy resource that is used for drying processes. Through this assessment, the performance of an Indirect Solar Dryer (ISD) with three different cases, namely solar collector - without Thermal Energy Storage (TES), with TES unit having Phase Change Material (PCM) and with TES having fins inserted PCM have been experimentally analyzed during spring and summer seasons for drying Momordica charantia. Totally six experiments were undertaken to compare temperature, drying kinetics, and energy analyses. The initial moisture level of 2 kg of specimen decreased from 1.84 kg of water (92% w. b) to 0.24 kg of water (12% w. b) in 10.5 h utilizing ISD with TES having fins inserted PCM (Test 6). The maximum thermal efficiency achieved about 19.41% on Test 6. Exergy efficiency increased from 8.66% to 79.02% at Test 6. Environmental impacts assessment has revealed that the Energy Payback Time for the ISD was 1.42 years. The CO2 emission, mitigation, and carbon credit gained (Test 6) are 23.88 kg/year, 20.13 tons, and $100.642 to $402.569 for the 35 years’ intended lifespan. The assessment report showed that the device established was a potentially effective commercial drying technique, both in energy utilization and environmental sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-294
Number of pages15
JournalRenewable Energy
Volume176
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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