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Journal of Solar Energy
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 539894, 7 pages
Research Article

Study of Cylindrical Honeycomb Solar Collector

1Motilal Nehru College, University of Delhi, Benito Juarez Marg, New Delhi 110021, India
2Department of Applied Sciences, Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, A 4 Paschim Vihar, New Delhi 110063, India

Received 10 January 2014; Revised 4 April 2014; Accepted 15 April 2014; Published 12 May 2014

Academic Editor: Charles Michael Drain

Copyright © 2014 Atish Mozumder 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.


We present the results of our investigation on cylindrical honeycomb solar collector. The honeycomb has been fabricated with transparent cellulose triacetate polymer sheets. Insulation characteristics of the honeycomb were studied by varying the separation between the honeycomb and the absorber plate. The optimal value of the separation was found to be 3.3 mm for which the heat transfer coefficient is 3.06 W m−2 K−1. This supports result of previous similar experiments. Further we test the honeycomb through a field experiment conducted in Delhi (28.6°N, 77°E) and found that when the incident angle of the solar radiation is within 20° then the performance of the system with the honeycomb is better than the one without the honeycomb.