Design and experimental investigation of portable solar thermoelectric refrigerator

Sabah A. Abdul-Wahab, Ali Elkamel, Ali M. Al-Damkhi, Is'haq A. Al-Habsi, Hilal S. Al-Rubai'ey', Abdulaziz K. Al-Battashi, Ali R. Al-Tamimi, Khamis H. Al-Mamari, Muhammad U. Chutani

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Abstract

The main objective of this study is to design and build an affordable solar thermoelectric refrigerator for the Bedouin people (e.g. deserts) living in remote parts of Oman where electricity is still not available. The refrigerator could be used to store perishable items and facilitate the transportation of medications as well as biological material that must be stored at low temperatures to maintain effectiveness. The design of the solar-powered refrigerator is based on the principles of a thermoelectric module (i.e., Peltier effect) to create a hot side and a cold side. The cold side of the thermoelectric module is utilized for refrigeration purposes; provide cooling to the refrigerator space. On the other hand, the heat from the hot side of the module is rejected to ambient surroundings by using heat sinks and fans. The designed solar thermoelectric refrigerator was experimentally tested for the cooling purpose. The results indicated that the temperature of the refrigeration was reduced from 27 °C to 5 °C in approximately 44 min. The coefficient of performance of the refrigerator (COPR) was calculated and found to be about 0.16.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalRenewable Energy
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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Refrigeration
Peltier effect
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Heat sinks
Biological materials
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Electricity
Temperature

Keywords

  • COP
  • Prototype refrigerator
  • Solar cells
  • Solar energy
  • Thermoelectric refrigeration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Abdul-Wahab, S. A., Elkamel, A., Al-Damkhi, A. M., Al-Habsi, I. A., Al-Rubai'ey', H. S., Al-Battashi, A. K., ... Chutani, M. U. (2009). Design and experimental investigation of portable solar thermoelectric refrigerator. Renewable Energy, 34(1), 30-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2008.04.026

Design and experimental investigation of portable solar thermoelectric refrigerator. / Abdul-Wahab, Sabah A.; Elkamel, Ali; Al-Damkhi, Ali M.; Al-Habsi, Is'haq A.; Al-Rubai'ey', Hilal S.; Al-Battashi, Abdulaziz K.; Al-Tamimi, Ali R.; Al-Mamari, Khamis H.; Chutani, Muhammad U.

In: Renewable Energy, Vol. 34, No. 1, 01.2009, p. 30-34.

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Abdul-Wahab, SA, Elkamel, A, Al-Damkhi, AM, Al-Habsi, IA, Al-Rubai'ey', HS, Al-Battashi, AK, Al-Tamimi, AR, Al-Mamari, KH & Chutani, MU 2009, 'Design and experimental investigation of portable solar thermoelectric refrigerator', Renewable Energy, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 30-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2008.04.026
Abdul-Wahab SA, Elkamel A, Al-Damkhi AM, Al-Habsi IA, Al-Rubai'ey' HS, Al-Battashi AK et al. Design and experimental investigation of portable solar thermoelectric refrigerator. Renewable Energy. 2009 Jan;34(1):30-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2008.04.026
Abdul-Wahab, Sabah A. ; Elkamel, Ali ; Al-Damkhi, Ali M. ; Al-Habsi, Is'haq A. ; Al-Rubai'ey', Hilal S. ; Al-Battashi, Abdulaziz K. ; Al-Tamimi, Ali R. ; Al-Mamari, Khamis H. ; Chutani, Muhammad U. / Design and experimental investigation of portable solar thermoelectric refrigerator. In: Renewable Energy. 2009 ; Vol. 34, No. 1. pp. 30-34.
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