Engineering HDR Seminar Series 17, 2011: High Temperature Solar Water Heating

Mr Tong Wei Li, EGT postgraduate student

Date: 2011-12-06
Time: 13:00 to 14:00
Venue: Classroom 9-3-03


The overall objective of current research is to develop a high temperature solar heating system which generates 150°C of process heat for industrial purposes. Commercially available solar thermal systems can only achieve boiling temperature and is insufficient for industrial usage. Most common heat sources used in the industrial are the electrical boilers, diesel boilers, LPG boilers and waste burning boilers. All four boilers are considered as environmental unfriendly and produce greenhouse gases.  With increasing environmental consciousness in the community, more and more companies have begun to invest in renewable energy sources such as solar, hydro and wind. However, the high cost of investment for renewable energy is deterring the transition. Hence, new investigative research must be conducted to develop a more economically viable method to harness the renewable energy. In our case, the proposed system can achieve high temperature using cost effective solar collectors which will encourage the adoption of solar heating systems for industrial applications.

About the Speaker

Mr Tong Wei Li graduated with a 1st Class Hons in Mechanical Engineering from MUSC and was awarded with the best final year project award. He is currently registered as a HDR student in MUSC. His thesis topic is on “High temperature solar water heating”. This seminar is arranged as part of the fulfillment of the Faculty’s requirements for candidature conversion from Masters to PhD.