Ecosense Installs Solar Parabolic Trough System at Department of Mechanical Engineering, CHARUSAT


Ecosense Installs Solar Parabolic Trough System at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT)


Ecosense’s Solar 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.


Ecosense’s Solar Parabolic Trough Training system enable students to learn about Solar thermal technologies in easy and interactive manner. It educates the user about the following skill sets:

• 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

Masters Training Conducted


Ecosense also conducted a masters training program at Mechanical 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.


Professors of CHARUSAT with Ecosense’s Engineer posing for photograph while master’s program
Professors of CHARUSAT with Ecosense’s Engineer posing for photograph while master’s program


Program Outcomes


The faculty members and students really enjoyed our two-day training programme and loved to work on our lab equipment. Professors will conduct experiments on the system to understand it more deeply and incorporate this lab set up as part of their regular curriculum.


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