Thermal and Electrical Performance Evaluation and Design Optimization of Hybrid PV/T Systems

Al-Damook, Moustafa and Al Qubeissi, Mansour and Khatir, Zinedine and Dixon-Hardy, Darron and Heggs, Peter J. (2021) Thermal and Electrical Performance Evaluation and Design Optimization of Hybrid PV/T Systems. In: 16th UK Heat Transfer Conference (UKHTC2019), 8th - 10th September 2019, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This study aims to evaluate the performance and cooling effectiveness of both photovoltaic (PV) and hybrid PV/thermal systems under various ambient conditions. Two models, namely standard PV module subject to ambient conditions without active cooling and a single-pass hybrid PV/T air collector, have been designed and simulated using the CFD software of COMSOL Multiphysics V5.3a. The PV material used in our analysis is monocrystalline silicon with a power temperature coefficient of 0.41% ºC−1. The thermal and electrical performances of both systems are evaluated numerically and compared to experimental data for validation. The results predicted for cooling effects show noticeable enhancements in both the electrical and thermal efficiencies of the systems, with up to 44% compared to the PV module without active cooling. The electrical PV/T arrangement has increased the performance of air cooling in a laminar flow regime with up to 4%. A numerical-based design optimization is carried out to enhance the system performance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-33-4765-6_137
Date: 2 June 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conjugate heat transfer Cooling enhancement Design optimization Hybrid efficiency Hybrid PV/T Photovoltaic
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Dr Zinedine Khatir
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 15:17
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 16:39
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11848

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