Investigating the Feasibility of Integrating Vegetation into Solar Chimney Power Plants in the Tamanrasset Region


  • Sellami Ali Materials and Energy Research Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tamanghasset, Algeria
  • Benlahcene Djaouida Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tamanghasset, Algeria
Volume: 14 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 14719-14724 | June 2024 |


This work investigates integrating vegetation into solar chimney power plants (SCPPs) using numerical simulations of an SCPP prototype in Spain. A 2D axisymmetric computational fluid dynamics model with radiation heat transfer was employed to evaluate the impact of vegetation beneath the solar collector roof on system performance. Different SCPP configurations were analyzed: a standard design, one with a secondary collector roof, and another with secondary and tertiary collector roofs. Results indicate the secondary and tertiary roof configuration exhibited the highest annual electricity generation capacity of 34-80 kW. While introducing vegetation under the collector appears feasible, it is likely to reduce the overall energy output. In summary, simulations suggest that vegetation influences SCPP operation, decreasing power production, while incorporating multiple collector roofs enhances the generation capacity.


vegetation under collector, solar energy, solar chimn, numerical simulation, electrical generator


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S. Ali and B. Djaouida, “Investigating the Feasibility of Integrating Vegetation into Solar Chimney Power Plants in the Tamanrasset Region”, Eng. Technol. Appl. Sci. Res., vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 14719–14724, Jun. 2024.


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