Title: A technical note on performance testing of a solar box cooker provided with sensible storage material on the surface of absorbing plate

Authors: Abhishek Saxena; Varun; Ghanshyam Srivastava

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Moradabad Institute of Technology, Ramganga vihar-II, Moradabad-244001, India. ' Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur-177 005 (HP), India. ' Eshan Institute of Technology, Agra-Delhi Highway, Farah, Mathura-281001, India

Abstract: A box type solar cooker having a double glass cover and a plane mirror reflector has been tested for its thermal performance. In the present study, performance of solar box cooker has been compared by using two different sensible heat storage materials (sand and granular carbon). By using these materials as a mixture and spread it over absorber tray in the form of thin layer and fully packed with a float glass shows the significant improvement in the performance of box type solar cooker.

Keywords: heat storage materials; performance; solar box cookers; sand; carbon; performance evaluation; solar energy; solar power; thermal performance; solar cookers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRET.2012.045624

International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology, 2012 Vol.3 No.2, pp.165 - 173

Received: 06 May 2010
Accepted: 17 Feb 2011

Published online: 15 Feb 2012 *

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