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Performance simulation of the heat accumulator of the Abu Dhabi solar desalination plant

Performance simulation of the heat accumulator of the Abu Dhabi solar desalination plant

Solar energy4(4): 183-191

The Solar Desalination Plant in Abu Dhabi has been in operation since September 1984 and has been running continuously since then. The plant has a capacity of 120 m3/d and uses seawater as the feed to a multieffect-stack (MES) distillation unit. The thermal energy requirement of this distiller is provided by a bank of evacuated-tube, flat-plate collectors having a total collector area of 1862 m2. The plant consists also of a heat-accumulator system which allows the solar energy collected during the day to be utilized at nighttime, thus allowing the plant to run continuously 24 hours per day. The heat accumulator is of the thermally stratified type and uses distilled water as the heat-storage medium.

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DOI: 10.1016/0038-092x(90)90147-5

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