Coupled partial differential equations were developed to investigate which collector lengths are appropriate for drying and adsorbent regeneration under prevailing Ghanaian weather. Unlike approaches based on empirical data, the numerical model is more flexible. Effects of operational and design variables on outlet temperature and performance were systematically studied. Collector length and air speed affect performance indicators. Operational overall heat loss coefficient, an important characteristic of the collector, is not constant but varies during the day. With plausible physical parameters, the model describes the experimental data well. Collector lengths of 1.5 and 4.5 m suited drying and regeneration, respectively.
- Low temperature drying
- solar collector