Ecosense installs Solar Parabolic Trough Collector System at IITRAM, Ahmedabad

Ecosense installs Solar Parabolic Trough Collector System at IITRAM, Ahmedabad.

Ecosense installs Solar Parabolic Trough Collector at Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research and Management, Ahmedabad.

Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research and Management has been established by the Government of Gujarat as an Autonomous University and has been mandated to bring about significant change in Engineering Education with respect to Technical and Managerial knowledge in the area of Infrastructure. The objective of this Institute is to serve as a Center of excellence in Research and Teaching in all areas pertaining to Infrastructure, and the Institute has a vision of acquiring a status of National importance in Infrastructure and related areas.

Ecosense’s Solar Thermal Parabolic Trough Collector Based System consists of parabolic reflectors, absorber tube, sun tracker, piping, storage tanks and a heat exchanger. A control panel would control different devices and also measure the different parameters of the system. The system can be used to perform experiments in heat transfer, parabolic trough characteristics and heat loss at different parts of the system. The system is highly flexible – it can be used with different working fluids, different absorbing materials, different piping insulation thickness and different types of storage tanks. This gives a lot of scope for research in heat transfer and related fields. Wind speed variation and flow velocity are other parameters which can be changed to show their impact on heat transfer and heat loss.

The system can be installed at rooftop and comes with an automatic dual axis sun tracking. This helps to conduct experiment for a wider period of time till sunlight is available with considerable efficiency.

Advantages of Ecosense’s Solar Thermal Parabolic Trough Collector based Lab

Ecosense’s Solar Parabolic Trough Training system enable students to learn about Solar thermal technologies in easy and interactive manner. It enables user to understand the following Solar thermal technology-based concepts:

• Basics on solar thermal Solar Parabolic Trough Collector technology
• Basic terminologies used for solar thermal technology like temperature, pressure, flow measurement install collector/receiver mounting structures on the foundations
• Site surveying methods and evaluation parameters
• Install the back support for the collector/ receiver on the structures
• Install the cold and hot water piping system
• Install thermal storage tank and pressure pump
• Install pressure / temperature sensors, vents and pressure release valves as per design
• Insulate the hot water pipeline
• Test for any leakages in piping network and rectify accordingly
• Efficiency evaluation at different parts of the system
• Study the effect of change in parameters such as wind speed, irradiation and ambient temperature
• Measure and compare the pressure in various tubes with design values.

Fig. 1 Demonstration of Parabolic Trough system
Fig. 1 Masters Training Conducted at IITRAM, Ahmedabad

Masters Training Conducted

Ecosense also conducted a masters training program at Mechanical & Aerospace Lab. This Masters training program was focused on educating and training the professors, scholars and technicians in Solar Thermal Technology who will further train thousands of students and professionals to start their career or business in this very field.

Program Outcomes

The faculty members and students really enjoyed our one-day training programme. They are keen to conduct experiment and research using the equipment.

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