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ISRN Renewable Energy
Volume 2013, Article ID 126234, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/126234
Research Article

Performance Analysis of Flat and Rippled Wick-Inverted V-Type Solar Still Integrated with Drip System in Kerala Climatic Conditions

1M E S College of Engineering, Kuttippuram, Kerala 679 573, India
2R&D Centre, Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore 641 046, India

Received 10 June 2013; Accepted 6 August 2013

Academic Editors: C. Koroneos and Q. Qiao

Copyright © 2013 T. Namshad et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Thermal aspect of solar energy is widely used in the desalination plants. Experimental investigation and mathematical modeling of inverted V-type solar still integrated with drip system are presented in this paper. The experiment is performed in the Kerala climatic conditions (10.8439°N, 76.0328°E), March 2012 at M E S College of Engineering, Kuttippuram. A two segment still of 2 m2 is constructed. Experimental investigations on productivity and internal heat transfer are analyzed. The results indicate that the mean standard deviations between theoretical and experimental values are less than 7% (temperature of rippled wick), 8% (temperature of glass in rippled system), 11% (temperature of flat wick), and 7% (temperature of glass in flat system), an average for the working hours of the day.