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2021, vol. 49, iss. 1, pp. 64-71
Performance analysis of a solar chimney power plant for different geographical locations of Saudi Arabia
aKing Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
bKing Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Research Institute, Center for Engineering Research, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
cKing Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Research Institute, Center of Research Excellence in Renewable Energy (CoRE-RE), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The authors would like to acknowledge the Deanship of Research, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals for the financial support of this work under the project number IN141031

Keywords: Solar Chimney Power Plant (SCPP); Energy; Modelling; Saudi Arabia
In this study, a detailed performance analysis was conducted by analysing the energy model of solar chimney power plant. The developed model was used for five locations (cities) in Saudi Arabia for a comparative study. The selected cities were Jubail (East), Arar (North), Umluj (West), Sharurah (South) and Shaqra (Central). The solar irradiation, sunshine hours, ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure was used to determine the output power, efficiency, and other performance parameters for the chosen size of plant. The data analysis showed that the highest annual average solar irradiation was at Sharurah (551W/m2) and the lowest for Jubail (456W/m2). The highest and lowest average ambient temperatures were found at Sharurah (303K) and Umluj (301K). Study reveals that annual average efficiency for Jubail is highest followed by Umluj. Furthermore, the output power, energy efficiency, variation of floor and air temperatures and pressure across turbine and chimney, variation of the mass flow rate and, the turbine inlet velocity are reported for all the months during the year for the selected five cities of Saudi Arabia.
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article language: English
document type: unclassified
DOI: 10.5937/fme2101064H
received: 15/07/2020
accepted: 15/10/2020
published in SCIndeks: 20/12/2020
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