Abstract—An attempt was made to enhance productivity of concentrated parabolic solar distiller by integrated it with convective type mini solar pond. Basin was segmented into number of trays for higher contact area. Experiments conducted to improve productivity by increasing various factors like Heat storage capacity, exposure area, maintaining low depth. In a mini solar pond, experiments were conducted for different salinity. It was found that the optimum value of salinity in the mini solar pond is 80 g/kg of water. Exposure area is improved by using sponges and heat transfer rate is improved by using scrap metals. Productivity of water was measured every hour between 9 A.M to 5 P.M by maintaining lower depth. Overall productivity was improved by 49% by using various modifications.
Index Terms—Desalination, Mini solar pond, Solar, Parabolic trough concentrator.
Gowtham M et al., Department of Mechanical Engineering, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India.
Cite: M. Gowtham, M. Sharath Chander, "Augmentation of Saline Streams by Concentrated Solar Distiller with Mini Solar Pond," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 175-178, 2011.