An evacuated enclosure design for solar thermal energy applications

Paul Henshall, Roger Moss, Farid Arya, Phillip Eames, Stan Shire, Trevor Hyde

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Flat-plate solar thermal collector technology when coupled with vacuum enclosure technology has potential to supply clean energy efficiently for use in applications including residential water and space heating. This paper focuses on the design of vacuum enclosures for flat-plate solar collectors with specific reference to vacuum enclosures designed for thin micro-channel solar absorber plates (thickness <10mm). The expectations, requirements and applications of these solar collectors are discussed along with a description of an enclosure concept under consideration. Potential seal materials are identified and their limitations discussed. Finite elementmodelling results are presented and conclusions made regarding design parameter selection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherGrand Renewable Energy
Number of pages4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Mar 2014
EventGrand Renewable Energy 2014 (GRE2014) - International Conference and Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 15 Mar 2014 → …


ConferenceGrand Renewable Energy 2014 (GRE2014)
Period15/03/14 → …


  • renewable energy
  • solar thermal
  • vacuum


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