New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
The paper presents a senior design project that engages in educational activities to enhance learning in Green Energy Manufacturing, including construction of heat exchanging solar collector system and implementation in the effective heating of a green house. This process consisted of two phases: the initial modification and the final implementation. The first stage of this process included troubleshooting the previously built heat exchanging solar collector system. This system is comprised of an evacuated tube and a flat panel solar collector both attached to a hot water tank heat exchanger for maximum efficiency. The second stage was the implementation of the solar collector system connection to the greenhouse for ideal effective heating. The control system was specifically designed to actively monitor soil temperatures with the use of a thermocouple sensor all the while maintaining ideal greenhouse conditions by pumping heated fluid through coils underneath the soil surface. The addition of this active feedback control system is to maximize the heat transfer from each panel with minimal energy loses. The intention of this project is the replacement of expensive energy costs for heating a greenhouse with an alternative sustainable solar heating design. The outcome of this undertaking is the successfully incorporation of the heat exchanging solar collectors as the exclusive energy input required to heat the greenhouse system in order to decrease food manufacturing costs, expand the profitability of fruit and vegetable harvests, and decrease the environmental impact of greenhouse heating.
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