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Solar Chimney Applications in Buildings

School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
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Encyclopedia 2021, 1(2), 409-422; https://doi.org/10.3390/encyclopedia1020034
Received: 29 March 2021 / Revised: 19 May 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 27 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Encyclopedia of ZEMCH Research and Development)
A solar chimney is a renewable energy system used to enhance the natural ventilation in a building based on solar and wind energy. It is one of the most representative solar-assisted passive ventilation systems attached to the building envelope. It performs exceptionally in enhancing natural ventilation and improving thermal comfort under certain climate conditions. The ventilation enhancement of solar chimneys has been widely studied numerically and experimentally. The assessment of solar chimney systems based on buoyancy ventilation relies heavily on the natural environment, experimental environment, and performance prediction methods, bringing great difficulties to quantitative analysis and parameterization research. With the increase in volume and complexity of modern building structures, current studies of solar chimneys have not yet obtained a unified design strategy and corresponding guidance. Meanwhile, combining a solar chimney with other passive ventilation systems has attracted much attention. The solar chimney-based integrated passive-assisted ventilation systems prolong the service life of an independent system and strengthen the ventilation ability for indoor cooling and heating. However, the progress is still slow regarding expanded applications and related research of solar chimneys in large volume and multi-layer buildings, and contradictory conclusions appear due to the inherent complexity of the system. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural ventilation; solar chimney; Trombe wall; renewable energy; passive ventilation; building application natural ventilation; solar chimney; Trombe wall; renewable energy; passive ventilation; building application
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