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High-Performance, Low-Cost Solar Collectors for Disinfection of Contaminated Water

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Although the germicidal action of sunlight has long been recognized, its potential for practical applications has to be researched more thoroughly. This paper summarizes the progress made toward a commercially practical collector for solar disinfection applications. Nontracking compound parabolic collectors (CPCs), developed originally for capturing solar photons for thermal energy applications, were examined as potential solar photoreactors. A field demonstration of solar disinfection treatment using commercially manufactured solar reactors was conducted. Field tests showed successful destruction of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis and have provided data for full-scale design of water treatment systems. From above observations, a throughput value of 50 L/m2h for the low-cost CPC reactor tested was estimated. For a 190 m3/d (0.05 MGD) facility, the estimated total costs for disinfection using UV-A is U.S. $0.19/m3 ($0.70/1000 gal). The use of near-UV sunlight to disinfect water supplies seems promising in rural communities of developing countries where treated water is unavailable.

Keywords: COMPOUND PARABOLIC SOLAR COLLECTORS; DISINFECTION; DRINKING WATER TREATMENT; FECAL CONTAMINATION; SOLAR ENERGY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143000X137473

Publication date: May 1, 2000

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