Applied Solar Energy

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 22–26 | Cite as

Performance of an inclined solar still with rectangular grooves and ridges

  • P. Anburaj
  • R. Samuel Hansen
  • K. Kalidasa Murugavel
Solar Power Plants and Their Application


This work investigates the experimental performance of a new type inclined solar still with rectangular grooves and ridges in absorber plate. The still was fabricated and tested for various inclination angles of 25°, 30° and 35° facing south with absorber plate. Performances of the still were compared with different wick materials (Black cotton cloth, Jute cloth, and Waste cotton pieces) on the absorber plate. The effect of placing porous material (Clay pot) and energy storing material (Mild steel pieces) in the grooves were studied. The results demonstrate that 30° inclination is optimum which yielded 3.77 L/day production. Compared to different wick materials, black cotton cloth helps to achieve maximum productivity of 4.21 L/day. The addition of permeable materials and energy absorbing materials also enhances the distillate output to 4.27 L/day.


Apply Solar Energy Absorber Plate Jute Cloth Basin Condition Distillate Output 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Anburaj
    • 1
  • R. Samuel Hansen
    • 2
  • K. Kalidasa Murugavel
    • 1
  1. 1.National Engineering College, K. R. NagarKovilpattiIndia
  2. 2.Infant Jesus College of EngineeringKela VallanaduIndia

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