Performance analysis and optimization of a solar powered stirling engine with heat transfer considerations

Chieh Li Chen, Chia En Ho, Her Terng Yau

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Abstract

This paper investigates the optimization of the performance of a solar powered Stirling engine based on finite-time thermodynamics. Heat transference in the heat exchangers between a concentrating solar collector and the Stirling engine is studied. The irreversibility of a Stirling engine is considered with the heat transfer following Newton's law. The power generated by a Stirling engine is used as an objective function for maximum power output design with the concentrating solar collector temperature and the engine thermal efficiency as the optimization parameters. The maximum output power of engine and its corresponding system parameters are determined using a genetic algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3573-3585
Number of pages13
JournalEnergies
Volume5
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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