Thermal and electrical performance evaluation and design optimisation of hybrid PV/T systems

Moustafa Al-Damook, Mansour Al Qubeissi, Darron Dixon-Hardy, Zinedine Khatir, Peter J. Heggs

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2019
Event16th UK Heat Transfer Conference - East Midlands Conference Centre,University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 201910 Sep 2019


Conference16th UK Heat Transfer Conference
Abbreviated titleUKHTC2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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