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9 September 2015
Innovations

INRTU staff patented a solar collector

Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property patented solar collector developed at INRTU Innovative Center “Energy Efficiency”. The developed device is designed to process solar energy into heat, to solve problems of power supply in remote and hard-to-reach areas and issues of mineral resource depletion as well as to decrease the cost of energy.     

The patent is registered in State register of useful models of the Russian Federation numbered 153795.
   
The author of the development is the postgraduate student of the Department of Engineering Services and Life-Support Systems Alexander TUNIK along with another PhD student of the Department Alexey LAPKOVSKI. The project is supervised by the head of the Department professor Mikhail TOLSTOI. 


The collector developed in 2012 is a device processing solar energy into heat. Thus, it is possible to use the collector to warm water for heating  or hot water supply without any additional expenses for fuel.

The surface of the collector consists of translucent glass isolation material with sensor panel underneath for selective spraying. There are copper pipes inside the case filled with heat-transfer agent (water or antifreeze).


Principle of device operation is based on convective and radiation heat exchange. The serpentine shape of internal pipes allows heat-transfer agent being longer in warm zone and thus warming up better. One installation can warm up to 300 liters of water. In case of intensive solar radiation the water temperature can reach 100-130 °C.


In 2013 INRTU scientists started to assemble a new collector modification with a special system of water supply and circulation. The same year the project was presented at International youth industrial forum “Engineers of the future” and within the framework of the exhibition “Energy efficiency” held under the auspice of the exhibition cemter “Sibexpocenter”.


Except it, in 2014 the developers pit forward the initiative to equip with solar collectors one of the residential houses in one of Irkutsk districts.


In August of the current year the solar collector was presented to Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Mr. Anton INYUITSIN who highly appreciated energy efficient technologies developed at the University.

By Olga BALABANOVA    

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