Thermal design of a modern, air-conditioned, single-floor, solar-powered desert house
American University in Cairo
Mechanical Engineering Department
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International Journal of Sustainable Energy
The paper presents a thermal analysis of a single-floor, solar-powered desert house. The house is air-conditioned and provides all modern comforts and facilities. Electrical power, which drives the entire energy system, is generated by roof-mounted photovoltaic modules. The modules are fixed on special cradles which fold at night to expose the roof to the night sky, thereby enhancing night-time cooling, which is substantial in the desert environment. A detailed dynamic heat transfer analysis is conducted for the building envelope, coupled with a solar radiation model. Application to a typical Middle-Eastern desert site reveals that indeed such a design is feasible with present-day technology; and should be even more attractive with future advances in technology. Â© 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
(2011). Thermal design of a modern, air-conditioned, single-floor, solar-powered desert house. International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 30(SUPPL. 2),
Serag-Eldin, M. A.
"Thermal design of a modern, air-conditioned, single-floor, solar-powered desert house." International Journal of Sustainable Energy, vol. 30,no. SUPPL. 2, 2011,