Study on Thermal Performance Assessment of Solar Hot Water Systems in Malaysia
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, 31750 Tronoh, Malaysia
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Solar Hot Water Systems (SHWS) are gaining popularity in Malaysia due to increasing cost of electricity and also awareness of environmental issues related to the use of fossil fuels. The introduction of solar hot water systems in Malaysia is an indication that it has potential market. However, there is a need for a proper methodology for rating the energy performance of these systems. The main objective of this study is to assess the thermal performance of several SHWS subject to four different locations in Malaysia using combined direct measurement and computer modelling using the TRNSYS simulation program. The results showed distinct differences in performance of the systems as a result of locations and manufacturers. The findings could be used further in developing an acceptable rating system for SHWS in Malaysia.
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