IJSRP, Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2014 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
D. B. Sifuna, T. K. Kinyanjui, F. G. Ndiritu, R. G. Ngubu
This paper presents the concept of using a polyethene film to address the shortcomings of the conventional solar pond which are low efficiency, short operation time among others. The thermal behavior of a solar pond with a polyethene has been analyzed and compared with that without a polyethene film. The experiments show that: the heat storage layer (LCZ) temperature rising rate was significantly higher than that of single layer porous media solar pond. The polyethene film of thickness 100µm was used. The polyethene film brings about the greenhouse effect where the solar energy that penetrates the film is trapped and improves the efficiency of the storage zone. Results show that the efficiency of a polyethene stabilized pond rises to about 69 % compared to the conventional solar pond with about 52 %.