Design, construction, and initial operation of a 3355 m2 solar pond in EI Paso

R. L. Reid, A. H.P. Swift, W. J. Boegli, V. R. Kane, B. A. Castaneda

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A 3355 square meter, 3.3 m deep water storage pond in El Paso, Tex. was converted to a salt-gradient solar pond to supply industrial process heat to an adjacent food processing plant. Approximately 1.9 XlO6 kg of sodium chloride salt was obtained to prepare near saturated brine for pond construction. Design and construction of the solar pond are described in detail including the lining technique, salt dissolution method, diffuser design, instrumentation, maintenance of optical clarity, and gradient establishment, including resolution of initial problems in gradient stability. The solar pond has been in continuous operation for over three years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-337
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1989

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