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International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy    

E-Proceedings ISBN: 978-1-912532-05-6

St Cross College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom



Performance investigation highlighting the energy storage behavior of Cupric Oxide Nanoparticles Synthesised Through Electrochemical Discharge Process



Purushottam Singh (1), Swaroop Mandal (1), Samarjeet kumar (1), Santosh Mishra (2), Naresh Choudhary (1), Alok Das (2), Harish Bishwakarma (2) and Rajen Kumar Nayak (1)

1. BIT Sindri, Dhanbad, India

2. IIT(ISM), Dhanbad, India


Paper Abstract

The limitation of energy resources has resulted in extensive research into use of renewable sources of energy for generating heat and power. In this perspective, solar water heating (SWH) can be considered as a viable option. SWH is the conversion of sunlight into heat for water heating using a solar thermal collector. The present work has been undertaken to study the feasibility of storing solar energy using Phase Change Materials (PCMs) and utilizing this energy to heat water for domestic purposes during night time. The system consists of solar water heater and a heat storage unit filled by PCM. The main objective of this proposed work is to develop a module which can convert solar radiations into heat energy. The performance and the efficiency are determined by varying various parameters which comprises quantity of cupric oxide nanoparticle used, gap between the absorber plate and the reflector etc. FESM, EDS, UV-Vis, TGA and FTIR techniques are employed for the characterization of base paraffin wax and doped cupric oxide-paraffin wax nanocomposite. Through FESM analysis, it is clearly shown that the doped nano CuO results in fine grain structure of paraffin wax whereas the base paraffin has coarse grain structures. The UV-Vis technique indicates that the band gap is increased in case of doped CuO-PCM nanocomposite in contrast to base paraffin wax. The presence of nano CuO enhances the heat transfer rate, outlet water temperature and thermal conductivity of the paraffin wax. The optimum results are achieved under the condition when 4 cm gap between the absorber plate and the reflector is maintained. 

Paper Keywords
SWH; PCM; Cupric oxide;renewable energy;characterization techniques.
Corresponding author Biography
Dr.Purushottam Kumar Singh obtained his Ph.D degree from Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad under the supervision of Dr. A.K.Das. His areas of interests include nano particle synthesis and along with their practical applications in solar appliances.

The International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE’18)