A novel application of a Fresnel lens for a solar stove and solar heating

M. M. Valmiki, Peiwen Li, Javier Heyer, Matthew Morgan, Abdulla Albinali, Kamal Alhamidi, Jeremy Wagoner

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Abstract

This paper presents a novel design and the prototyped solar cooking stove which uses a large Fresnel lens for the concentration of sunlight. The technology demonstrates high safety and efficiency of solar cooking and heating using Fresnel lenses which are low cost and available from off-the-shelf. The stove has a fixed heat-receiving area located at the focal point of the lens. The sunlight tracking system rotates the Fresnel lens about its focal point in both zenith and azimuth angles. The tracking is accomplished through a revolving motion of two rotation arms that hold the lens and a horizontal rotation of a platform that the lens system stands on. The rotation of the arms tracks the sunlight in zenith plane, while the rotation of the platform tracks in the azimuth plane. Since the solar tracking allows the Fresnel lens to concentrate sunlight to a fixed small heat-receiving area, relatively low heat loss and high energy efficiency is made possible. The heat is used to maintain a stovetop surface at temperatures around as high as 300 °C, which is practical for cooking applications in a very safe, user-friendly, and convenient manner. The system also demonstrates the possibility of transferring heat using a working fluid for indoor heating and cooking. Wider applications using the system for solar thermal collection and utilization are also undergoing development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1614-1620
Number of pages7
JournalRenewable Energy
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

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Keywords

  • Cooking
  • Fresnel lens
  • Heating
  • Solar energy
  • Solar stove

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Valmiki, M. M., Li, P., Heyer, J., Morgan, M., Albinali, A., Alhamidi, K., & Wagoner, J. (2011). A novel application of a Fresnel lens for a solar stove and solar heating. Renewable Energy, 36(5), 1614-1620. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2010.10.017

A novel application of a Fresnel lens for a solar stove and solar heating. / Valmiki, M. M.; Li, Peiwen; Heyer, Javier; Morgan, Matthew; Albinali, Abdulla; Alhamidi, Kamal; Wagoner, Jeremy.

In: Renewable Energy, Vol. 36, No. 5, 05.2011, p. 1614-1620.

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Valmiki, MM, Li, P, Heyer, J, Morgan, M, Albinali, A, Alhamidi, K & Wagoner, J 2011, 'A novel application of a Fresnel lens for a solar stove and solar heating', Renewable Energy, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 1614-1620. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2010.10.017
Valmiki, M. M. ; Li, Peiwen ; Heyer, Javier ; Morgan, Matthew ; Albinali, Abdulla ; Alhamidi, Kamal ; Wagoner, Jeremy. / A novel application of a Fresnel lens for a solar stove and solar heating. In: Renewable Energy. 2011 ; Vol. 36, No. 5. pp. 1614-1620.
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