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Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS)


by Abdulrahim Abdulbaqi Toyin

Solar radiation has been identified as the largest renewable resource on earth. Solar energy can be applied in different ways and also many different methods for collecting the solar energy from incident radiation are available. The use of concentrators in the forms of solar energy collectors in order to concentrate sunrays for better usage is on the increase world wide. To this effect, different types of solar concentrators have being developed over the years for various applications. They have proved to be effective way to provide the energy needed for cooking to people with less access to other energy sources. The present study reviewed the various solar concentrators developed in Nigeria such as the parabolic fresnel concentrator, paraboloid solar cooker, parabolic trough collector, conical concentrator, compound parabolic solar concentrator and solar tracking bi-focal collectors. It identified their level of performance and limitations, and made suggestions for further improvement. The needs for support by adequate funding through research grants and patronage by governments, corporate bodies and individuals was emphasized. Awareness on the various types of solar concentrators available and their areas of applications needed to be intensified in order to achieve a sustainable development.
Keywords: energy, solar, collector, concentrator, development, performance.
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ISSN: 2141-7016

Editor in Chief.

Prof. Gui Yun Tian
Professor of Sensor Technologies
School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
University of Newcastle
United Kingdom



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