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Experimental Investigation of Single Pass, Double Duct Photovoltaic Thermal (PV/T) Air Collector with CPC and Fins

M. Ebrahim Ali Alfegi1, Kamaruzzaman Sopian1, Mohd Yusof Hj Othman1 and Baharudin Bin Yatim1
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American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 5 No. 7, 2008, 866-871

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2008.866.871

Submitted On: 19 September 2007 Published On: 31 July 2008

How to Cite: Alfegi, M. E. A., Sopian, K., Othman, M. Y. H. & Yatim, B. B. (2008). Experimental Investigation of Single Pass, Double Duct Photovoltaic Thermal (PV/T) Air Collector with CPC and Fins . American Journal of Applied Sciences, 5(7), 866-871. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2008.866.871

Abstract

The temperature of photovoltaic modules increases when it absorbs solar radiation, causing a decrease in efficiency. This undesirable effect can be partially avoided by applying a heat recovery unit with fluid circulation (air or water) with the photovoltaic module. Such unit is called photovoltaic/thermal collector (pv/t) or hybrid (pv/t). An experimental investigation of a solar air heater with photovoltaic cell located at the absorber with compound parabolic collector (CPC) and fins have been developed and tested. The performance of the photovoltaic, thermal and combined pv/t collector over range of operating conditions and the results was discussed. Results at solar irradiance of 400 W/m2 showed that the combined pv/t efficiency is increasing from 27.50 % to 40.044 % at mass flow rates various from 0.0316 to 0.09 kg-1 s.

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Keywords

  • hybrid pvt solar collector
  • single-pass
  • fins
  • CPC
  • thermal and electrical efficiency