Journal of Energy http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2014 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Structural and Thermal Analysis of Asphalt Solar Collector Using Finite Element Method Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:11:37 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/602087/ The collection of solar energy using asphalt pavements has got a wide importance in the present energy scenario. Asphalt pavements subjected to solar radiation can reach temperature up to 70°C because of their excellent heat absorbing property. Many working parameters, such as pipe diameter, pipe spacing, pipe depth, pipe arrangement, and flow rate, influence the performance of asphalt solar collector. Existing literature on thermal energy extraction from asphalt pavements is based on the small scale laboratory samples and numerical simulations. In order to design an efficient asphalt solar collector there should be a payoff between the thermal and structural stability of the pavement, so that maximum heat can be absorbed without structural damage due to external load condition. This paper presents a combined thermal and structural analysis of asphalt solar collector using finite element method. Analysis is carried out in different models so as to obtain optimum pipe spacing, pipe diameter, depth, and pipe arrangement under the specified condition. Jinshah Basheer Sheeba and Ajith Krishnan Rohini Copyright © 2014 Jinshah Basheer Sheeba and Ajith Krishnan Rohini. All rights reserved. Does Climate Change Mitigation Activity Affect Crude Oil Prices? Evidence from Dynamic Panel Model Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:10:16 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/514029/ This paper empirically investigates how climate change mitigation affects crude oil prices while using carbon intensity as the indicator for climate change mitigation. The relationship between crude oil prices and carbon intensity is estimated using an Arellano and Bond GMM dynamic panel model. This study undertakes a regional-level analysis because of the geographical similarities among the countries in a region. Regions considered for the study are Africa, Asia and Oceania, Central and South America, the EU, the Middle East, and North America. Results show that there is a positive relationship between crude oil prices and carbon intensity, and a 1% change in carbon intensity is expected to cause about 1.6% change in crude oil prices in the short run and 8.4% change in crude oil prices in the long run while the speed of adjustment is 19%. Jude C. Dike Copyright © 2014 Jude C. Dike. All rights reserved. Experimental Investigation of Thermal Characteristics of Kiwira Coal Waste with Rice Husk Blends for Gasification Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:25:22 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/562382/ Eminent depletion of fossil fuels and environmental pollution are the key forces driving the implementation cofiring of fossil fuels and biomass. Cogasification as a technology is known to have advantages of low cost, high energy recovery, and environmental friendliness. The performance/efficiency of this energy recovery process substantially depends on thermal properties of the fuel. This paper presents experimental study of thermal behavior of Kiwira coal waste/rice husks blends. Compositions of 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100% weight percentage rice husk were studied using thermogravimetric analyzer at the heating rate of 10 K/min to 1273 K. Specifically, degradation rate, conversion rate, and kinetic parameters have been studied. Thermal stability of coal waste was found to be higher than that of rice husks. In addition, thermal stability of coal waste/rice husk blend was found to decrease with an increase of rice husks. In contrast, both the degradation and devolatilization rates increased with the amount of rice husk. On the other hand, the activation energy dramatically reduced from 131 kJ/mol at 0% rice husks to 75 kJ/mol at 100% rice husks. The reduction of activation energy is advantageous as it can be used to design efficient performance and cost effective cogasification process. Deodatus Kazawadi, Geoffrey R. John, and Cecil K. King’ondu Copyright © 2014 Deodatus Kazawadi et al. All rights reserved. Effect of Flyash Addition on Mechanical and Gamma Radiation Shielding Properties of Concrete Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/486093/ Six concrete mixtures were prepared with 0%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, and 60% of flyash replacing the cement content and having constant water to cement ratio. The testing specimens were casted and their mechanical parameters were tested experimentally in accordance with the Indian standards. Results of mechanical parameters show their improvement with age of the specimens and results of radiation parameters show no significant effect of flyash substitution on mass attenuation coefficient. Kanwaldeep Singh, Sukhpal Singh, and Gurmel Singh Copyright © 2014 Kanwaldeep Singh et al. All rights reserved. Electricity Generation and Energy Cost Estimation of Large-Scale Wind Turbines in Jarandagh, Iran Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:53:26 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/613681/ Currently, wind energy utilization is being continuously growing so that it is regarded as a large contender of conventional fossil fuels. This study aimed at evaluating the feasibility of electricity generation using wind energy in Jarandagh situated in Qazvin Province in north-west part of Iran. The potential of wind energy in Jarandagh was investigated by analyzing the measured wind speed data between 2008 and 2009 at 40 m height. The electricity production and economic evaluation of four large-scale wind turbine models for operation at 70 m height were examined. The results showed that Jarandagh enjoys excellent potential for wind energy exploitation in 8 months of the year. The monthly wind power at 70 m height was in the range of 450.28–1661.62 W/m2, and also the annual wind power was 754.40 W/m2. The highest capacity factor was obtained using Suzlon S66/1.25 MW turbine model, while, in terms of electricity generation, Repower MM82/2.05 MW model showed the best performance with total annual energy output of 5705 MWh. The energy cost estimation results convincingly demonstrated that investing on wind farm construction using all nominated turbines is economically feasible and, among all turbines, Suzlon S66/1.25 MW model with energy cost of 0.0357 $/kWh is a better option. Kasra Mohammadi, Ali Mostafaeipour, Yagob Dinpashoh, and Nima Pouya Copyright © 2014 Kasra Mohammadi et al. All rights reserved. A Novel Method for Detecting Abnormal Energy Data in Building Energy Monitoring System Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:24:26 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/231571/ This paper presents a novel abnormal data detecting algorithm based on the first order difference method, which could be used to find out outlier in building energy consumption platform real time. The principle and criterion of methodology are discussed in detail. The results show that outlier in cumulative power consumption could be detected by our method. Liang Zhao Copyright © 2014 Liang Zhao. All rights reserved. Study on Calculation Models of Earth-Air Heat Exchanger Systems Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/859286/ Modeling is very useful tool in order to predict the effect of the operating parameters like pipe length, radius, depth of burial and air flow rate on the thermal performance and heating/cooling capacity of earth-air heat exchanger (EAHE) systems. Till date many researchers have carried out a number of studies on calculation models for earth-air heat exchanger systems. The analysis of EAHE systems started with the development of one-dimensional models. The two-dimensional models came into practice during the 1990s and were replaced by three-dimensional models in recent years. Latest models are dynamic and technically more advanced which can provide room for all types of grid geometry to produce detailed thermal analysis of EAHE systems. This paper reviews on calculation models of EAHE systems as of the end of March, 2014. Trilok Singh Bisoniya, Anil Kumar, and Prashant Baredar Copyright © 2014 Trilok Singh Bisoniya et al. All rights reserved. Study of Light Harvesting Properties of Different Classes of Metal-Free Organic Dyes in TiO2 Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:07:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/517574/ In dye-sensitized solar cells, the photosensitization of TiO2 thin film semiconductor was accomplished by using different classes of metal-free (fluorone, triarymethane, azo and thiazine based) organic dyes as photosensitizer. The broad electronic absorption spectra of these dyes have been obtained in the visible region due to the presence of chromophoric groups in these dyes. The contribution of these dyes as light harvesting species is seen from the photocurrent action spectrum of the cell. Here, we report the sensitization activity of these dyes in terms of current-potential curve, open-circuit potential, fill factor, IPCE, and overall solar energy conversion efficiency which have been evaluated under 100 mW/cm2 light intensity. The results suggest that dyes based on fluorone and azo groups are promising candidates for high performance, dye-sensitized solar cells because of better anchoring groups (–COOH, –OH, and –) present in these dyes. Better anchorage of dyes to the surface of TiO2 semiconductor helps in charge transfer phenomenon. Ratna Chauhan, Reena Kushwaha, and Lal Bahadur Copyright © 2014 Ratna Chauhan et al. All rights reserved. Analysis of Si/SiGe Heterostructure Solar Cell Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:38:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/946406/ Sunlight is the largest source of carbon-neutral energy. Large amount of energy, about 4.3 × 1020 J/hr (Lewis, 2005), is radiated because of nuclear fusion reaction by sun, but it is unfortunate that it is not exploited to its maximum level. Various photovoltaic researches are ongoing to find low cost, and highly efficient solar cell to fulfil looming energy crisis around the globe. Thin film solar cell along with enhanced absorption property will be the best, so combination of SiGe alloy is considered. The paper presented here consists of a numerical model of heterostructure solar cell. The research has investigated characteristics such as short circuit current density (), generation rate (), absorption coefficient (α), and open circuit voltage () with optimal Ge concentration. The addition of Ge content to Si layer will affect the property of material and can be calculated with the use of Vegard’s law. Due to this, short circuit current density increases. Ashish Kumar Singh, Jahnvi Tiwari, Ashish Yadav, and Rakesh Kumar Jha Copyright © 2014 Ashish Kumar Singh et al. All rights reserved. Hydropower Production Profiles: Impacts on Capacity Structure, Emissions, and Windfall Profits Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:30:15 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/710414/ Production structure in markets with a significant role of hydropower is sensitive to the production profile of hydropower. In this paper we utilize a long-run oriented real-time price based simulation model to analyze through scenarios the impact of different hydropower production profiles on the total annual energy consumed, prices, and capacity structure. We also show the relation between different hydropower production profiles and emissions, costs, and windfall profits. There seems to be no superior scenario under which all socially desirable goals are achieved as there is a clear tradeoff between allowing high windfall profits with highest cost efficiency and achieving the target for lower emissions. Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen and Rauli Svento Copyright © 2014 Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen and Rauli Svento. All rights reserved. Microwave Assisted Alkali Pretreatment of Rice Straw for Enhancing Enzymatic Digestibility Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:09:41 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/483813/ Rapid industrialization, increasing energy demand, and climate change are the conditions that forced the researchers to develop a clean, efficient, renewable, and sustainable source of energy which has a potential to replace fossil fuels. Ethanol is one of the attractive and suitable renewable energy resources. In present study, effectiveness of microwave pretreatment in combination with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) for increasing enzymatic hydrolysis of rice straw has been investigated and under optimum conditions obtained a maximum reducing sugar (1334.79 µg/mL) through microwave assisted NaOH pretreatment. Chemical composition analysis and scanning electron microscope (SEM) images showed that the removal of lignin, hemicellulose, and silicon content is more in microwave assisted NaOH pretreatment than the blank sample. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that the crystallinity index of rice straw treated with microwave assisted alkali (54.55%) is significantly high as compared to the blank (49.07%). Hence, the present study proves that microwave assisted alkali pretreatment can effectively enhance enzymatic digestibility of rice straw and it is feasible to convert rice straw for bioethanol production. Renu Singh, Sapna Tiwari, Monika Srivastava, and Ashish Shukla Copyright © 2014 Renu Singh et al. All rights reserved. Computer Simulation of the Mass and Energy Balance during Gasification of Sugarcane Bagasse Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:53:17 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/713054/ This paper investigated the mass and energy balance of the gasification of sugarcane bagasse using computer simulation. The key parameters and gasifier operating conditions were investigated in order to establish their impact on gas volume and conversion efficiency of the gasification process. The heating value of sugarcane bagasse was measured and found to be 17.8 MJ/kg which was used during calculation of the conversion efficiency of the gasification process. Fuel properties and gasifier design parameters were found to have an impact on conversion efficiency of the gasification process of sugarcane bagasse. The moisture content of sugarcane bagasse was varied by 1.14%, 15%, and 25%, respectively. Optimum conversion efficiency was achieved at low moisture content (1.14%) after computer simulation of the gasification process. The volume of carbon monoxide increased at low moisture content. It was also found that maximum conversion efficiency was achieved at reduced particle diameter (6 cm) and at reduced throat diameter (10 cm) and throat angle (25°), respectively, after these parameters were varied. Temperature of input air was also found to have an impact on the conversion efficiency of the gasification process as conversion efficiency increased slightly with increasing temperature of input air. Anthony Anukam, Sampson Mamphweli, Edson Meyer, and Omobola Okoh Copyright © 2014 Anthony Anukam et al. All rights reserved. Effect of Glass Thickness on Performance of Flat Plate Solar Collectors for Fruits Drying Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:50:19 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/247287/ This study aimed at investigating the effect of thickness of glazing material on the performance of flat plate solar collectors. Performance of solar collector is affected by glaze transmittance, absorptance, and reflectance which results into major heat losses in the system. Four solar collector models with different glass thicknesses were designed, constructed, and experimentally tested for their performances. Collectors were both oriented to northsouth direction and tilted to an angle of 10° with the ground toward north direction. The area of each collector model was 0.72 m2 with a depth of 0.15 m. Low iron (extra clear) glass of thicknesses 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm, and 6 mm was used as glazing materials. As a control, all collector performances were analysed and compared using a glass of 5 mm thickness and then with glass of different thickness. The results showed that change in glass thickness results into variation in collector efficiency. Collector with 4 mm glass thick gave the best efficiency of 35.4% compared to 27.8% for 6 mm glass thick. However, the use of glass of 4 mm thick needs precautions in handling and during placement to the collector to avoid extra costs due to breakage. Ramadhani Bakari, Rwaichi J. A. Minja, and Karoli N. Njau Copyright © 2014 Ramadhani Bakari et al. All rights reserved. Minimizing Energy Cost in Electric Arc Furnace Steel Making by Optimal Control Designs Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:28:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/620695/ Production cost in steel industry is a challenge issue and energy optimization is an important part. This paper proposes an optimal control design aiming at minimizing the production cost of the electric arc furnace steel making. In particular, it is shown that with the structure of an electric arc furnace, the production cost which is a linear programming problem can be solved by the tools of linear quadratic regulation control design that not only provides an optimal solution but also is in a feedback form. Modeling and control designs are validated by the actual production data sets. Er-wei Bai Copyright © 2014 Er-wei Bai. All rights reserved. Determining Infiltration Rates and Predicting Building Occupancy Using CO2 Concentration Curves Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:34:28 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/670236/ Demand controlled ventilation (DCV) reduces energy loss by reducing the air exchange flow rate to the minimum required to maintain acceptable indoor air quality (IAQ). DCV commonly uses carbon dioxide (CO2) as a proxy for human activity and increases the ventilation rate once a preset CO2 threshold is exceeded. Significant improvements over threshold based ODV strategies are possible if the natural infiltration rate of the building is measured and the occupancy schedule determined by analysing the CO2 concentration continuously. These calculated parameters allow mathematical modeling of the ventilated space and the determination of future CO2 concentrations and allow prediction of future ventilation demands. The natural infiltration rate and the onset and duration of vacancy periods in a residential dwelling were determined by analysing CO2 concentration data. Concentration declines which fit an exponential decay curve with a correlation coefficient >0.90 identified all vacancy periods. The measured natural infiltration rate was found statistically correlated with average wind speed. A dynamic predicted occupancy map was constructed that has the potential to facilitate significant energy savings via deferred ventilation and intelligent cooling and heating strategies. P. Parsons Copyright © 2014 P. Parsons. All rights reserved. Numerical Prediction of Heat Transfer Characteristics of Nanofluids in a Minichannel Flow Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:29:57 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2014/307520/ CFD simulation of the heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of different nanofluids in a minichannel flow has been explained using FLUENT version 6.3.26. Different nanofluids with nanoparticles of Al2O3, CuO, SiO2, and TiO2 have been used in the simulation process. A comparison of the experimental and computational results has been made for the heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics for the case of Al2O3-water nanofluid for the laminar flow. Also, computations have been made by considering Brownian motion as well as without considering Brownian motion of the nanoparticles. After verification of the computational model with the experimental results for Al2O3-water nanofluid, the simulations were performed for the same experimental readings for different nanofluids in the laminar flow regime to find out the heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics. Arjumand Adil, Sonam Gupta, and Pradyumna Ghosh Copyright © 2014 Arjumand Adil et al. All rights reserved. Chemical Looping Combustion of Methane: A Technology Development View Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:55:13 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/949408/ Methane is a reliable and an abundantly available energy source occurring in nature as natural gas, biogas, landfill gas, and so forth. Clean energy generation using methane can be accomplished by using chemical looping combustion. This theoretical study for chemical looping combustion of methane was done to consider some key technology development points to help the process engineer choose the right oxygen carrier and process conditions. Combined maximum product (H2O + CO2) generation, weight of the oxygen carrier, net enthalpy of CLC process, byproduct formation, CO2 emission from the air reactor, and net energy obtainable per unit weight (gram) of oxygen carrier in chemical looping combustion can be important parameters for CLC operation. Carbon formed in the fuel reactor was oxidised in the air reactor and that increased the net energy obtainable from the CLC process but resulted in CO2 emission from the air reactor. Use of CaSO4 as oxygen carrier generated maximum energy (−5.3657 kJ, 800°C) per gram of oxygen carrier used in the CLC process and was found to be the best oxygen carrier for methane CLC. Such a model study can be useful to identify the potential oxygen carriers for different fuel CLC systems. Rutuja Bhoje, Ganesh R. Kale, Nitin Labhsetwar, and Sonali Borkhade Copyright © 2013 Rutuja Bhoje et al. All rights reserved. Empirical Study of Decomposition of Emission Factors in China Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:04:46 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/747516/ China’s CO2 emissions increase has attracted world’s attention. It is of great importance to analyze China’s CO2 emission factors to restrain the CO2 rapid growing. The CO2 emissions of industrial and residential consumption sectors in China during 1980–2010 were calculated in this paper. The expanded decomposition model of CO2 emissions was set up by adopting factor-separating method based on the basic principle of the Kaya identities. The results showed that CO2 emissions of industrial and residential consumption sectors increase year after year, and the scale effect of GDP is the most important factor affecting CO2 emissions of industrial sector. Decreasing the specific gravity of secondary industry and energy intensity is more effective than decreasing the primary industry and tertiary industry. The emissions reduction effect of structure factor is better than the efficiency factor. For residential consumption sector, CO2 emissions increase rapidly year after year, and the economy factor (the increase of wealthy degree or income) is the most important factor. In order to slow down the growth of CO2 emissions, it is an important way to change the economic growth mode, and the structure factor will become a crucial factor. Yadong Ning, Yonghong Zhang, Tao Ding, and Yutaka Tonooka Copyright © 2013 Yadong Ning et al. All rights reserved. Review of the Wall Temperature Prediction Capability of Available Correlations for Heat Transfer at Supercritical Conditions of Water Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:06:41 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/159098/ The validity of the wall temperature predictions by 18 correlations available in the literature for supercritical heat-transfer regimes of water was verified for 12 experimental datasets consisting of 355 data points available in the literature. The correlations were ranked based on criteria like % data with <5% error, % data with <10°C error and minimum error band in temperature prediction. Details of the best fitting correlations were tabulated. The analysis indicated that for normal heat-transfer conditions, most of the correlations give close predictions. However, at deteriorated heat transfer regimes, only very few prediction points are closer to experimental value. Also, in the ranking process, the first position keeps varying, and no one correlation shall be said as the best for all experiments. Evaluation of the applicability of heat flux to mass-flux-ratio-based prediction of heat-transfer deterioration indicated 75% agreement. The empirical formulae linking mass flux for the prediction of the starting heat flux for heat-transfer deterioration indicated 58.33% of agreement. This review indicated that continued precise experimentation covering wide range of parameter conditions near pseudocritical regime and development of correlations is felt necessary for the accurate prediction of supercritical fluid heat transfer. Dhanuskodi Ramasamy, Arunagiri Appusamy, and Anantharaman Narayanan Copyright © 2013 Dhanuskodi Ramasamy et al. All rights reserved. Natural Pigments from Plants Used as Sensitizers for TiO2 Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:36:42 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/654953/ Four natural pigments, extracted from the leaves of teak (Tectona grandis), tamarind (Tamarindus indica), eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), and the flower of crimson bottle brush (Callistemon citrinus), were used as sensitizers for TiO2 based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The dyes have shown absorption in broad range of the visible region (400–700 nm) of the solar spectrum and appreciable adsorption onto the semiconductor (TiO2) surface. The DSSCs made using the extracted dyes have shown that the open circuit voltages () varied from 0.430 to 0.610 V and the short circuit photocurrent densities () ranged from 0.11 to 0.29 mA cm−2. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiencies (IPCE) varied from 12–37%. Among the four dyes studied, the extract obtained from teak has shown the best photosensitization effects in terms of the cell output. Reena Kushwaha, Pankaj Srivastava, and Lal Bahadur Copyright © 2013 Reena Kushwaha et al. All rights reserved. Sustaining Biodiesel Production via Value-Added Applications of Glycerol Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:45:07 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/178356/ The production of biofuels worldwide has been significant lately due to the shift from obtaining energy from nonrenewable energy (fossil fuels) to renewable sources (biofuels). This energy shift arose as a result of the disturbing crude petroleum price fluctuations, uncertainties about fossil fuel reserves, and greenhouse gas (GHG) concerns. With the production of biofuels increasing considerably and the current global biodiesel production from different feedstock, reaching about 6 billion liters per year, biodiesel production costs have been highly dependent on feedstock prices, ranging from 70 to 25; of total production costs, and in comparison with the conventional diesel fuel, the biodiesel is currently noncompetitive. An efficient production process is, therefore, crucial to lowering biodiesel production costs. The question of sustainability, however, arises, taking into account the African diverse conditions and how vital concerns need to be addressed. The major concern about biodiesel production costs can be reduced by finding value-added applications for its glycerol byproduct. This paper, thus, provides an overview of current research trends that could overcome the major hurdles towards profitable commercialization of biodiesel and also proposes areas of opportunity probable to capitalize the surplus glycerol obtained, for numerous applications. Omotola Babajide Copyright © 2013 Omotola Babajide. All rights reserved. Review on the HVAC System Modeling Types and the Shortcomings of Their Application Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/768632/ The modeling of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is a prominent topic because of its relationship with energy savings and environmental, economical, and technological issues. The modeling of the HVAC system is concerned with the indoor thermal sensation, which is related to the modeling of building, air handling unit (AHU) equipments, and indoor thermal processes. Until now, many HVAC system modeling approaches are made available, and the techniques have become quite mature. But there are some shortcomings in application and integration methods for the different types of the HVAC model. The application and integration processes will act to accumulate the defective characteristics for both AHU equipments and building models such as nonlinear, pure lag time, high thermal inertia, uncertain disturbance factors, large-scale systems, and constraints. This paper shows types of the HVAC model and the advantages and disadvantages for each application of them, and it finds out that the gray-box type is the best one to represent the indoor thermal comfort. But its application fails at the integration method where its response deviated to unreal behavior. Raad Z. Homod Copyright © 2013 Raad Z. Homod. All rights reserved. Synthesis of Petroleum-Based Fuel from Waste Plastics and Performance Analysis in a CI Engine Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:53:22 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/608797/ The present work involves the synthesis of a petroleum-based fuel by the catalytic pyrolysis of waste plastics. Catalytic pyrolysis involves the degradation of the polymeric materials by heating them in the absence of oxygen and in the presence of a catalyst. In the present study different oil samples are produced using different catalysts under different reaction conditions from waste plastics. The synthesized oil samples are subjected to a parametric study based on the oil yield, selectivity of the oil, fuel properties, and reaction temperature. Depending on the results from the above study, an optimization of the catalyst and reaction conditions was done. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of the selected optimized sample was done to find out its chemical composition. Finally, performance analysis of the selected oil sample was carried out on a compression ignition (CI) engine. Polythene bags are selected as the source of waste plastics. The catalysts used for the study include silica, alumina, Y zeolite, barium carbonate, zeolite, and their combinations. The pyrolysis reaction was carried at polymer to catalyst ratio of 10 : 1. The reaction temperature ranges between 400°C and 550°C. The inert atmosphere for the pyrolysis was provided by using nitrogen as a carrier gas. Christine Cleetus, Shijo Thomas, and Soney Varghese Copyright © 2013 Christine Cleetus et al. All rights reserved. Mitigating Climate Change by the Development and Deployment of Solar Water Heating Systems Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:49:43 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/679035/ Solar energy is becoming an alternative for the limited fossil fuel resources. One of the simplest and most direct applications of this energy is the conversion of solar radiation into heat, which can be used in Water Heating Systems. Ogun State in Nigeria was used as a case study. The solar radiation for the state was explored with an annual average of 4.775 kWh/m2 recorded. The designed system comprised storage tanks and the collector unit which comprises wooden casing, copper tube, and aluminium foil. Test results for the unlagged and lagged storage tanks for water temperature at various angles of inclination (2.500°–20.000°) were on the average 27.800°C and 28.300°C, respectively, for the inlet temperature and 60.100°C and 63.000°C for the outlet temperature, respectively. The efficiency of the Solar Water Heating System was 72.500% and the power saved 2.798 kW. The cost of the unit is put at 1121,400 ($145) as at August 2012. The unit developed can be applied for the purpose of reducing the cost of energy, dealing with environmental challenges, and improving the use of energy, hence serving as a climate mitigation process as this can be extended for water heating for domestic and other industrial purposes. S. T. Wara and S. E. Abe Copyright © 2013 S. T. Wara and S. E. Abe. All rights reserved. Extraction of Transmission Parameters for Siting and Sizing of Distributed Energy Sources in Distribution Network Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:49:52 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/938958/ This paper introduces a novel method for sitting and sizing the grid connected distributed generator (DG) for installation in distribution system at any input load condition, which is based on two port transmission equations, named as modified transmission parameters (MTP) method by considering the loss minimization as a constraint. If properly organized, with the help of various transmission parameters optimal DG allocation with minimum transmission losses, contribution of DG as well as the main supply source to each load, type of DG required to handle the existing power flow scenario, and operating power factor at which DG should operate can be easily investigated. Apart from this the author has also investigated the worst location for DG installation and referred to it as Consecutive Bus. The method has been tested on two test distribution systems with varying sizes and intricacy and the results have been compared with the two established methods reported earlier. Relative study presented has shown that the proposed method leads existing methods in terms of its simplicity, computational time, and handling less number of variables. Shilpa Kalambe and Ganga Agnihotri Copyright © 2013 Shilpa Kalambe and Ganga Agnihotri. All rights reserved. Practical Coupled Resonators in Domino Arrangements for Power Transmission and Distribution: Replacing Step-Down Power Transformers and Their Branches across the Power Grid Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:32:38 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/795835/ This paper considers the potential of replacing step-down power transformers of the entire power grid as well as part of their transmission line branches with wireless power transfer (WPT) technology components. Exploiting the state-of-the-art evolutions in the fields of WPT technology, coupled resonators in domino arrangements—domino coupled resonator (DCR) configurations—are proposed as suitable technological substitute for step-down power transformers and are investigated in terms of performance metrics such as power transfer efficiency (PTE) and transformation ratio (TR). The contribution of this paper is fivefold. First, an analytical theoretical analysis appropriate to the study of practical DCR configurations is demonstrated. In order to support the DCR configuration replacement venture, a detailed set of assumptions regarding efficient mid- and long-range high-power WPTs as well as related technical issues is first presented. The validity of the theoretical analysis is verified through experimental measurements. Second, applying the proposed theoretical analysis, a wealth of system parameters that mainly influences the PTE and TR of DCR configurations is identified. Their quantitative effect as well as corresponding DCR configuration adjustments are first presented. Third, an approximate method, denoted as approximate chain scattering matrix (CSM) method, is first introduced. Based on the scattering matrix theory formalism, the approximate CSM method is suitable for mid- and long-range DCR configurations when the theoretical analysis becomes computationally slow. The numerical results of approximate CSM method are compared with the respective ones of theoretical analysis validating the extent and the accuracy of approximate CSM method. Fourth, the potential of power transformer replacement with practical DCR configurations is thoroughly investigated in terms of their TRs. A plethora of high-voltage/medium-voltage (HV/MV), MV/low-voltage (MV/LV), and HV/LV power transformers used across the world is investigated verifying their replacement potential with practical DCR configurations in all the cases examined. Fifth, based on a detailed collection of dimensions concerning power transformers and transmission line branches, it is first verified that practical DCR configurations cannot only substitute all step-down power transformers of the today's power grid but also replace entire transmission line branches too. Finally, it is obvious that there is a long journey ahead for WPT technology and its ultramodern DCR configurations to be affordably, widely, reliably, sustainably, and safely adopted in the human society. During these first steps of WPT development for power transmission and distribution, theoretical analyses and visions are necessary. The last cable problem, that is, the seamless power delivery as easily as information is now transmitted through the air, is one of the major technological challenges of the 21st century, and, thus, WPT technology will certainly play key role. Athanasios G. Lazaropoulos Copyright © 2013 Athanasios G. Lazaropoulos. All rights reserved. Comparison of Technological Options for Distributed Generation-Combined Heat and Power in Rajasthan State of India Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:24:54 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/712319/ Distributed generation (DG) of electricity is expected to become more important in the future electricity generation system. This paper reviews the different technological options available for DG. DG offers a number of potential benefits. The ability to use the waste heat from fuel-operated DG, known as combined heat and power (CHP), offers both reduced costs and significant reductions of CO2 emissions. The overall efficiency of DG-CHP system can approach 90 percent, a significant improvement over the 30 to 35 percent electric grid efficiency and 50 to 90 percent industrial boiler efficiency when separate production is used. The costs of generation of electricity from six key DG-CHP technologies; gas engines, diesel engines, biodiesel CI engines, microturbines, gas turbines, and fuel cells, are calculated. The cost of generation is dependent on the load factor and the discount rate. It is found that annualized life cycle cost (ALCC) of the DG-CHP technologies is approximately half that of the DG technologies without CHP. Considering the ALCC of different DG-CHP technologies, the gas I.C. engine CHP is the most effective for most of the cases but biodiesel CI engine CHP seems to be a promising DG-CHP technology in near future for Rajasthan state due to renewable nature of the fuel. Ram Kumar Agrawal and Kamal Kishore Khatri Copyright © 2013 Ram Kumar Agrawal and Kamal Kishore Khatri. All rights reserved. A Low-Cost Polytetrafluoroethylene-Framed TiO2 Electrode Decorated with Oleic Acid-Capped CdSe Quantum Dots for Solar Cell Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:36:04 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/394512/ Colloidal CdSe QDs have been assembled, as quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), on a novel architecture comprising a polytetrafluoroethylene- (PTFE-) framed TiO2 electrode for the first time. CdSe QDs are anchored on the surface of the film using a linker molecule (3-mercaptopropionic acid, MPA). The resulting photoelectrode comprises a TiO2 compact layer and a PTFE-framed structural layer with average respective thicknesses of 2 μm for the compact layer and either 23 μm or 28 μm for the PTFE-framed structural layer. UV-vis absorption spectra show that more CdSe quantum dots are anchored on the surface of the modified with MPA TiO2 film compared to direct absorption onto an unmodified film. Energy conversion efficiencies of up to 0.18% can be achieved with cells prepared from a TiO2 (25 μm)/MPA/CdSe QD electrode. Electrochemical impedance measurements show that the recombination resistance is relatively higher for a cell assembled with TiO2 (25 μm)/MPA/CdSe QD photoanode than with TiO2 (25 μm)/CdSe QD resulting in an increase of cell efficiency. The PTFE-framed structure along with the compact layer is a new approach to QDSSC application that provides a tunable film thickness and a cost-effective preparation technique for the large-scale production of the photoanode. Delele Worku Ayele, Wein-Nien Su, and Bing-Joe Hwang Copyright © 2013 Delele Worku Ayele et al. All rights reserved. Comparison of Power Plants Efficiency among 73 Countries Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:55:52 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/916413/ Effective and efficient production of electricity is promised to be one of the critical factors to utilize energy for sustainable development. We employ data envelopment analysis (DEA), including undesirable CO2 emissions outputs, to evaluate power plants resource utilization efficiency within 73 countries in order to incorporate the global warming effect. We find that Asia enjoys the highest technical efficiency and European countries suffer from the lowest technical efficiency among Europe, Asia, and America continents. Besides, we compare models with and without CO2 emissions and find that they have significant differences among technical and pure technical efficiencies. We also set up three hypotheses to examine gross national product (GNP), urbanization, and electricity import level factors that potentially influence power plants efficiency by Tobit regression analysis. Results show that GNP and urbanization have significant effects on power plants efficiency except electricity import level. Tser-Yieth Chen, Tsai-Lien Yeh, and Yi-Ting Lee Copyright © 2013 Tser-Yieth Chen et al. All rights reserved. Influences of Contact Pressure on the Performances of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells Sun, 09 Jun 2013 10:26:20 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jen/2013/571389/ Fuel cells face major challenges in sustaining the laboratory-scale performance during the scale up. The contact resistance mainly arises from the dimensional mismatch between gasket and gas diffusion layer during scale up, which may cause diminution in performance. In the present work, experiment as well as modelling is carried out for different combinations of clamping force and gasket thickness. The polarisation behaviours of PEFCs configured under different clamping torques and gasket thicknesses are analysed. The combination of 0.3 mm gasket and 0.3 mm GDL under 3 Nm and 5 Nm clamping forces offers 480 mΩ cm2 and 148 mΩ cm2 contact resistances, respectively. The configurations under 3 Nm and 5 Nm clamping torques with 0.2 mm thick gasket offer contact resistances as low as 23 mΩ cm2 and 11 mΩ cm2, respectively. The polarisation behaviour obtained from the experiment of such configurations is found to be in good agreement with the modelling results. Prakash C. Ghosh Copyright © 2013 Prakash C. Ghosh. All rights reserved.