A. Tsinober*, Z. Harel, A. Melamed

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A Small scale experimental saturated, non-convective solar pond was constructed and operated experimentally for a few months. Temperature and density gradient were reached in the pond with a bottom temperature as high as 98 degree C. The pond was eventually destabilized as a result of reaching a hgih temperature gradient in a shallow pond, with no heat extraction. Thermal efficiency of saturated ponds is expected to reach values higher by 60% than in non saturated ponds and rates of generation of electric power 175% more than in non-saturated ponds. In addition to superior performance, saturated ponds are free from some of the major drawbacks of the non saturated ponds, such as: (a) No need for make up of salt after the pond is set up. (b) No need to drain and dispose of water from the pond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-840
Number of pages12
JournalPCH. Physicochemical hydrodynamics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1984
EventPhysicochem Hydrodyn, 5th Int Conf - Tel Aviv, Isr
Duration: 16 Dec 198421 Dec 1984


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