Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Turkey, 19-21 July, 2010.
The appropriateness of two flat-plate and one evacuated tubular solar collectors to drive an adsorption cooling cycle are investigated in the present paper. The thermal performance of the solar collectors is investigated for this reason. An experimental setup is established in accordance with EN 12975-2 standard. The collectors are tested according to this standard. The experimental setup, measurements and test procedure are described. Efficiency curves are obtained for each collector. Results show that the testing system is consistent within 6-11% when compared with certificated results. Testing results also show that the evacuated tubular collector is more suitable to drive the adsorption cooling cycle.