Field measurements for solar water heaters in a mushroom plant

Author(s): Keh-Ching Changa, Wei-Min Linb*, Kung-Ming Chunga
a National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Tainan University of Technology, Tainan, Taiwan
International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy, vol. 9, no. 1, January 2020: pp. 218-223
ISSN: 2315-4462 (Print)
ISSN: 2373-3594 (Online)
Digital Object Identifier: 10.12720/sgce.9.1.218-223

Abstract: The subsidy program (2000-2017), which has been initiated by the Taiwanese government, has results in an expansion in the market for solar water heaters. The cumulative area of solar collectors installed was approximately 2.61 million square meters at the end of 2017, of which more than 93% have been installed in the domestic sector for hot water production. Industrial heat processes represent another important application for solar heating. However, the attractiveness of a SWH depends on its thermal efficiency and its economic viability. Field measurements for solar water heaters in a mushroom plant are conducted. As a pre-heating system, the thermal efficiency and the energy savings for the system depend on system design and maintenance.

Keywords: solar water heater, thermal efficiency, mushroom plant
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