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Development of a New Building-Integrated PV-Thermal Solar Module

Austin Samson Myles

Ph.D. thesis (2019)

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This research work develops the concept and a prototype of a novel Building-Integrated Photovoltaic-Thermal (BIPV-T) solar module (collector). The concept proposes water cooling individual solar cells in a module uniformly to improve performance of photovoltaic (PV) modules. A simulation study was conducted using TRNSYS software that shows upto 11% improvement over module without cooling and 4.3% improvement in performance if individual cells could be cooled uniformly. Based on the analysis of our simulation results, a novel concept of a cooling pipe layout (heat exchanger) is proposed. This will improve the performance over conventionally used series cooling of solar cells in BIPV-T modules. This will help to open a new design of photovoltaic technology based on the proposed BIPV-T module.

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Les caractéristiques des modules solaires PV sont déterminées dans les conditions normales d'essai (STC)avec une température ambiante de 25°C. Toutefois, dans les conditions de fonctionnement,la température normale d'opération de la cellule (NOCT) est généralement supérieure de 20°C audessusde cette température ambiante. Ceci fait que dans les conditions réelles le module délivreune puissance inférieure à sa valeur nominale.Cette diminution est généralement de - 0,4% par °C au-dessus des conditions STC. Dans les climats chauds, les températures des cellules solaires sont encore plus élevées, réduisant ainsi plus significativement l'énergie électrique de sortie des modules PV.

Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Program: Génie chimique
Academic/Research Directors: Oumarou Savadogo
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/4038/
Institution: Polytechnique Montréal
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 13:55
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 09:17
Cite in APA 7: Myles, A. S. (2019). Development of a New Building-Integrated PV-Thermal Solar Module [Ph.D. thesis, Polytechnique Montréal]. PolyPublie. https://publications.polymtl.ca/4038/

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