This study aims to evaluate the performance and cooling effectiveness of both photovoltaic (PV) and PV/Thermal systems under various ambient conditions. Two models, namely, standard PV module subjected to ambient conditions without active cooling and a single pass air hybrid PV/T 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. 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 optimisation is carried out to enhance the system performance.
|Publication status||Published - 8 Sept 2019|
|Event||16th UK Heat Transfer Conference - East Midlands Conference Centre,University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom|
Duration: 8 Sept 2019 → 10 Sept 2019
|Conference||16th UK Heat Transfer Conference|
|Period||8/09/19 → 10/09/19|