Experimental Study of The Performance of a Solar Chimney Power Plant Model in Basrah City
Qais A. Rishak, Hussien S. Sultan, Ihsan N. Jawad
Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Basrah
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Using renewable energy for power generation is fundamental for obtaining sustainable environment. The most available and widely used source of renewable energy is solar energy. The solar chimney power plant (SCPP) is one of the most important applications of renewable energy technologies for generating electrical energy from solar energy. Basrah city in Iraq is distinguished by a plentiful supply of solar radiation throughout the year, which encourages researchers to use solar energy in a variety of applications, particularly in the generation of electricity. The present article included an experimental study of the SCPP model within the climatic conditions of Basrah, Iraq, to evaluate the behaviour and performance of SCPP system. Many variables that affect the performance of the system are studied, such as solar radiation intensity, solar collector height and chimney height. The best and highest performance of the chimney is recorded experimentally at the height of the chimney and collector are 4.5m and 50mm respectively, where the velocity and available power are 2.5m/s and 57.6mW respectively. While the time at which the best system performance is achieved is between 11:00AM and 1:00PM.