Sand dunes effect on the productivity of a single slope solar distiller

  • Abderrahmane KhechekhoucheEmail author
  • Boubaker Benhaoua
  • Muthu Manokar
  • Ravishankar Sathyamurthy
  • Abd Elnaby Kabeel
  • Zied Driss


Access to drinking water in many parts of the globe is shrinking over the years and much of the water resources are polluted or unpurified. North Africa is facing a huge water shortage due to drought and climate change. Water desalination has become very popular and serves as solar distillation which is proving to be an economical, simple and ecological technique, especially in rural and remote areas. Significant efforts have been made by many researchers in various laboratories to increase and improve the productivity of solar greenhouse distillation. In the present work, emphasis has been placed on the study of a single slope solar distiller having as dimension 50 × 50 cm, in the thickness of the impure water is 1 cm. Natural sand dunes from the El Oued South region of Algeria have been tested as a factor of efficiency improvement. A layer of this sand was deposited on the bottom of the distiller covering the whole surface on which the submit water is emerged. The results show that the productivity of distilled water has unfortunately decreased by 1.46 times.


Desalination Drinking water Solar distiller Evaporation 



hourly condensate production (kg/m2 h)


latent heath (kJ/kg K)


area (m2)


solar irradiance (W/h)


ambiant temperatue (°C)


water temperature (°C)


Sky temperature (°C)


thermal efficiency (%)


passive exergy efficiency (%)


the hourly exergy output efficiency (W/m2)


the hourly exergy input efficiency (W/m2)



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Valorisation and Technology of Sahara Resources (VTRS)El Oued UniversityEl OuedAlgeria
  2. 2.Development Renewable Energy Unit in Arid Zones (UDERZA)University of El OuedEl OuedAlgeria
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringBS Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and TechnologyChennaiIndia
  4. 4.Department of Automobile EngineeringHindustan Institute of Technology and ScienceChennaiIndia
  5. 5.Mechanical and Power Engineering Department, Faculty of EngineeringTanta UniversityTantaEgypt
  6. 6.Laboratory of Electromechanical Systems (LASEM), ENISUniversity of SfaxSfaxTunisia

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