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Solar wot water systems using latent heat thermal energy storage: perspectives and challenges


Modi, N and Wang, Xiaolin and Negnevitsky, M, Solar wot water systems using latent heat thermal energy storage: perspectives and challenges, Energies, 16, (4) Article 1969. ISSN 1996-1073 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3390/en16041969


Domestic water heating accounts for 15% to 27% of the total energy consumption in buildings in Australia. Over the past two decades, the latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) system has been widely investigated as a way to reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase the share of renewable energy in solar water heating. However, the research has concentrated on the geometric optimisation of the LHTES heat exchanger for the past few years, and this might not be sufficient for commercialisation. Moreover, recent review papers mainly discussed the development of a particular heat-transfer improvement technique. This paper presents perspectives on various solar hot water systems using LHTES to shift focus to on-demand performance studies, as well as structure optimisation studies for faster commercialisation. Future challenges are also discussed. Since the topic is an active area of research, this paper focuses on references that showcase the overall performance of LHTES-assisted solar hot water systems and cannot include all published work in the discussion. This perspective paper provides directional insights to researchers for developing an energy-efficient solar hot water system using LHTES.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:heat pipe; latent heat thermal energy storage; phase-change material; NEPCM; solar energy; solar water heating
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Mechanical engineering
Research Field:Energy generation, conversion and storage (excl. chemical and electrical)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Energy storage, distribution and supply
Objective Field:Energy storage (excl. hydrogen and batteries)
UTAS Author:Modi, N (Mr Nishant Modi)
UTAS Author:Wang, Xiaolin (Professor Xiaolin Wang)
UTAS Author:Negnevitsky, M (Professor Michael Negnevitsky)
ID Code:155482
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2023-02-21
Last Modified:2023-02-22

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