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    • ISSN: 2010-0264
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IJESD 2014 Vol.5(1): 91-98 ISSN: 2010-0264
DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2014.V5.457

Identification of the Optimum Flow Rate for a Patented High Building Integration Solar Collector

C. Cristofari, G. Notton, J. L. Canaletti, and C. Lamnatou
Abstract—Despite the consequent development of solar thermal systems in many countries, there are many difficulties which to a large extent hamper the implementation of these products. The summary of discussions of the R & D seminar organized by ADEME1 in Sophia Antipolis (27 – 28 April 2004) about "the need for innovation in solar thermal", states that solar thermal systems currently available in the market are added to the building without real integration. The problems, both technical and aesthetic, are the obvious obstacles to the development of this type of systems. For these reasons, in the frame of the present work, a new flat plate solar collector with high building integration and a prototype of this collector were developed. A numerical thermal model, developed in Matlab® environment by using a finite difference model was validated. Then, a modelling of the solar system was realized and the performance of the proposed system was optimized for various solar collector configurations.

Index Terms—Solar system, building integration, solar thermal collector.

Chr. Cristofari, G. Notton, and J. L. Canaletti are with the University of Corsica, Georges Peri Laboratory, Vignola, UMR CNRS 6134- Sanguinaires road- F20000 Ajaccio, France (e-mail:,,
Chr. Lamnatou is with the University of Lleida, Applied Physics Section of the Environmental Science Department, c/Pere Cabrera s/n, 25001 Lleida, Spain (e-mail:


Cite:C. Cristofari, G. Notton, J. L. Canaletti, and C. Lamnatou, "Identification of the Optimum Flow Rate for a Patented High Building Integration Solar Collector," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 91-98, 2014.

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