Essential Oil Extraction with Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy

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François Veynandt, Rapsodee Laboratory, Ecole des Mines Albi, France

Learning Outcomes 

  • Study a solar concentrator based on a portion of a parabola curve, with interesting optical characteristics. 
  • Study optical losses on a concentrating solar technology. 
  • Search for information on solar resources and agricultural production. 
  • Evaluate the solar resource of two sites based on online databases, one being in the Northern hemisphere, the other in the Southern hemisphere. 
  • Establish a simple heat transfer model.
  • Size the system based on calculations of the production capacity of the solar process.

Student Activities 

The class activity and the homework follow a similar objective, the first a case study in France, the second a case study in Peru.

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