The performance of a solar-powered heat engine, operating in a Stirling cycle is studied in this work. Also the influence of design parameters on both the optimum solar receiver temperature and overall efficiency is considered. The analysis has also clearly brought out the effect of solar collector design parameters such as concentration ratio, overall heat-loss coefficient, and heat engine parameter on the overall efficiency of solar Stirling power systems. Thermodynamic cycles have been widely used in conversion of solar radiation energy into the electrical power. Use of solar collector systems in Stirling engine has been investigated in recent literatures. [Ahmadi MH, Hosseinzade H (2012) Investigation of Solar Collector Design Parameters Effect onto Solar Stirling Engine Efficiency].
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