Numerical Investigation And Performance Analysis Of Photovoltaic Thermal PV/T Absorber Designs: A Comparative Study

Sachit, Fadhil Abdulameer and Mohd Rosli, Mohd Afzanizam and Tamaldin, Noreffendy and Misha, Suhaimi and Abdullah, Amira Lateef (2019) Numerical Investigation And Performance Analysis Of Photovoltaic Thermal PV/T Absorber Designs: A Comparative Study. Journal Of Advanced Research In Fluid Mechanics And Thermal Sciences, 58 (1). pp. 62-77. ISSN 2289-7879

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The term of PV/T refers to the solar energy system which is associate the photovoltaic and solar collector with each other in order to improve the photovoltaic efficiency. This system generates both thermal and electrical energy simultaneously. The aim of this work is to investigate numerically and comparing the performance of PV/T system with two absorber designs. A new photovoltaic thermal (PV/T) collector called serpen-direct is designed and compared with serpentine PV/T design. Theoretically, the PV/T performance for serpen-direct flow is validated and compared with the conventional serpentine flow design using MATLAB Simulink. Parameters, such as outlet water temperature, cell temperature and PV and thermal efficiency, were tested under various mass flow rates that range from 0.01 kg/s to 0.1 kg/s and two-level solar irradiance 300 W/m2 and 700 W/m2. Results show that the serpen-direct flow absorber design provides a better system performance than the serpentine flow design under the same operating conditions. The maximum PV and thermal efficiencies are 12.51% and 57.66%, respectively, for the serpen-direct flow and 12.43% and 54.68%, correspondingly, for the serpentine flow design.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solar energy, Photovoltaic solar thermal collector (PV/T), PV/T performance, Absorber design, mass flow rate, efficiency
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering > Department of Thermal Fluids
Depositing User: Mohd Hannif Jamaludin
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 14:27
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 14:27
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