Performance evaluation of solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting using different glazing materials in the tropical built environment: an experimental study

AL-DUAIS, Husam S., ISMAIL, Muhammad Azzam, AWAD, Zakaria Alcheikh Mahmoud and AL-OBAIDI, Karam M. (2022). Performance evaluation of solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting using different glazing materials in the tropical built environment: an experimental study. Energies, 15 (9): 3026.

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    Abstract

    Water scarcity is a global issue, and its severity is expected to worsen in the near future, prompting further efforts to find new sources of freshwater. Solar-Powered Atmospheric Water Harvesting (SPAWH) is a promising passive approach for atmospheric water generation. This study aims to examine the thermal performance of different glazing materials and water production in SPAWH. The research consists of two phases: a laboratory test of various glazing materials and an experimental study to assess system efficiency in producing water in the tropics. The preliminary results indicated that glass demonstrated better thermal performance than acrylic in the lab, with higher thermal conductivity and less heat loss. The experimental findings showed that the maximum water produced by the proposed SPAWH (60 cm length, 60 cm width and 30 cm height) placed on a 30° tilt angle using glass (3 mm) and acrylic (3 mm) was 0.61 L/m2/day and 0.44 L/m2/day, respectively. The cost analysis revealed that produced water costs $0.18/kg for glass and $0.40/kg for acrylic, respectively. Atmospheric water could be harvested using SPAWH in the tropics, which would help to provide new opportunities for sustainable water supplies and development in these regions.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 02 Physical Sciences; 09 Engineering
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/en15093026
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 14:42
    Last Modified: 09 May 2022 10:45
    URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30128

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